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ERIC Number: EJ971346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
Contexts of Childhood and Play: Exploring Parental Perceptions
Singh, Asha; Gupta, Deepa
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v19 n2 p235-250 May 2012
The article explores cross-cultural notions of play in childhood among parents based on empirical investigations in two economically diverse residential areas in a metropolis in India. All parents had an unquestionable belief in an epistemic grounding of play in children's lives. However, parents begin to question play timings and children's engagement with play when faced with the contemporary demands of schooling which are enmeshed in a childhood dominated by academic achievement, suppressing parents' intuitive leanings towards play. The school-led social environment regulates play and shapes notions of childhood, forcing parents to socialize children for school performance and "print expertise". Social class variations are more an outcome of socioeconomic geographies and not education-based awareness only. The penetrating advent of technology in children's lives renders gadgets as treasured play objects among certain social groups replacing the make-believe games of yesteryear. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India