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Germeroth, Carrie; Bodrova, Elena; Day-Hess, Crystal; Barker, Jane; Sarama, Julie; Clements, Douglas H.; Layzer, Carolyn – American Journal of Play, 2019
The authors consider mature make-believe play a critical component of childhood that helps children develop new skills and learn to communicate. They argue that, although theoretical accounts of play have emphasized the importance of make-believe play for children to achieve social and academic competence, the absence of a reliable and valid…
Descriptors: Test Validity, Test Reliability, Measures (Individuals), Observation
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Nwokah, Evangeline E.; Hernandez, Vanessa; Miller, Erin; Garza, Ariana – American Journal of Play, 2019
Language play is a key component of many children's popular graphic novels. The authors analyze the sound and word play in Dav Pilkey's illustrated Captain Underpants series. They argue that Pilkey's literary devices fall into two main areas of hyperbole and linguistic creativity and that Pilkey's language shifts the reader into a carnivalesque…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Play, Cartoons, Novels
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McDonald, Peter – American Journal of Play, 2019
The author discusses Johan Huizinga's "Homo Ludens" and the animating mood that it calls the "play spirit." He argues that these styles of playfulness represent a major practical and theoretical contribution Huizinga offers contemporary studies of play, and he considers Huizinga's methodology in a reading that runs counter to…
Descriptors: Play, Games, History, Cultural Influences
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Wilcox, Steve – American Journal of Play, 2019
Game design offers a unique but often misunderstood pedagogical opportunity. The author draws on learning theory, feminist epistemology, and game studies to analyze a novel genre of games capable of realizing this opportunity by mobilizing knowledge through play--praxis games--founded on the concept of situated praxis. Situated praxis encourages…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Instructional Design, Praxis, Play
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McAllister, Ken S.; Ruggill, Judd Ethan – American Journal of Play, 2018
The authors discuss the relationship of death and play as illuminated by computer games. Although these games, they argue, do illustrate the value of being--and staying--alive, they are not so much about life per se as they are about providing gamers with a playground at the edge of mortality. Using a range of visual, auditory, and rule-based…
Descriptors: Death, Play, Correlation, Computer Games
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Wright, J. Talmadge – American Journal of Play, 2018
Critiquing and expanding Huizinga's theory of play in "Homo Ludens," the author argues for play as a means to access what is real and introduces a new model of play he calls the containment play expression (CPE) to challenge traditional notions about the opposition between play and work. This model, he contends, bridges this gap between…
Descriptors: Play, Role Playing, Computer Games, Social Theories
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Payne, Christine – American Journal of Play, 2018
The author takes up Karl Marx's and Herbert Marcuse's investigations into the possibilities for expanding freedom and play. She begins with an analysis of the essential questions about labor that need attention before considering theoretical and practical attempts to render necessary work superfluous in the interests of free play. She considers…
Descriptors: Freedom, Play, Work Environment, Psychological Patterns
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Wright, J. Talmadge; Embrick, David G. – American Journal of Play, 2018
Computer game play has been criticized for disrupting family life by some who claim digital fantasy play alienates individuals from everyday interactions, even as others hold that such play increases sociability among players and their families. The authors argue that the truth about game play is more complex. They draw on research using…
Descriptors: Family Relationship, Role Playing, Computer Games, Criticism
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Roberts, Michael J. – American Journal of Play, 2018
The author offers what he calls an intervention in the Marxist analysis of the relationship between work and play. As an alternative to some Hegelian and sociological readings of Marx that seek to merge work with play as a means to overcome alienation, he provides an interpretation that emphasizes the importance of maintaining the difference…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Play, Social Systems, Social Theories
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Taylor, T. L. – American Journal of Play, 2018
In this excerpt from the author's new book, "Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming," (Princeton University Press, 2018), she discusses some of the work game live streamers undertake to convert their private play into public entertainment. She details the layers involved in a typical broadcast and argues that this…
Descriptors: Play, Video Games, Internet, Video Technology
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Dodge, Autumn M. – American Journal of Play, 2018
The author discusses Magic: The Gathering as not only a card game but as situated in New Literacies as a Discourse and community of practice with rich, complex, and multimodal literacy practices. She describes apprenticeship to the game from the perspective of a novice and a long-time player and argues that entering its Magic Discourse depends on…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Games, Vocabulary, Literacy
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Henricks, Thomas S. – American Journal of Play, 2018
The author counters the common descriptions of play as endlessly diverse, ambiguous, and even paradoxical by describing it as a fundamental experience comparable to three others--ritual, work, and communitas. Play, he argues, entails a distinctive strategy of self-realization and a strategy for living. He first examines four basic types of…
Descriptors: Play, Self Actualization, Ceremonies, Teaching Methods
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Martin, Cathlena – American Journal of Play, 2018
Game historians usually trace the literary roots of role-playing games to J. R. R. Tolkien and other fantasy authors. In this article, the author argues that, although Tolkien indeed provided pioneer game creators with specific content, historians have missed the important early influence on game history of children's literature that advocates and…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Childrens Literature, History Instruction, Games
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Rowe, Meredith L.; Salo, Virginia C.; Rubin, Kenneth – American Journal of Play, 2018
The authors ask if participating in an early-childhood theater production improves pretend play and cooperation among preschoolers. They examined play sessions immediately before and after productions of interactive earlychildhood performances at Imagination Stage, Inc. and measured children's engagement, cooperation, pretense, and misbehavior.…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Theater Arts, Play
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Shen, Yih-Jiun; Ramirez, Sylvia Z.; Kranz, Peter L.; Tao, Xinhua; Ji, Yuanhong – American Journal of Play, 2018
The growing interest in addressing the mental health needs of Chinese children through play therapy calls for an understanding of the cultural roots and norms of Chinese families. To help professionals succeed in this traditionally Western treatment when providing cross-cultural play therapy, the authors make recommendations concerning the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Health, Play Therapy, Cultural Influences
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