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Bodrova, Elena; Leong, Deborah J. – American Journal of Play, 2019
Although most early-childhood educators agree on the value of play in child development, they find it increasingly harder to advocate for play given today's pressure for academic achievement. Using the theoretical work of Lev Vygotsky, the authors discuss how make-believe play among children helps them develop skills critical for success in school…
Descriptors: Play, Child Development, Imagination, Skill Development
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Hyndman, Brendon; Benson, Amanda; Telford, Amanda – American Journal of Play, 2016
Because children spend so much of their time in schools, their playgrounds offer a good setting for promoting active play in young lives. Teachers, instead of considering active play a taxing demand on their busy day, have begun to develop an informal curriculum for it. The authors review the research on children's active play and explores its…
Descriptors: Play, Playgrounds, Informal Education, Physical Environment
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Holmes, Robyn M. – American Journal of Play, 2012
Based on a study of 149 parochial-school students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade, this article explores children's outdoor recess activities in an urban setting--with a focus on how age, gender, and size of play group influence their outdoor play preferences--and examines changes in children's activity preferences over a single…
Descriptors: Play, Urban Schools, Obesity, Parochial Schools
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Fiorelli, Julie A.; Russ, Sandra W. – American Journal of Play, 2012
Researchers, the authors state, link play to cognitive and affective processes important for a child's development and overall well-being. In this article, the authors examine the relationships involving pretend play, coping, and subjective well-being (the last of which they conceptualize as positive affect--positive mood--and life satisfaction)…
Descriptors: Females, Psychological Patterns, Play, Coping
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Londal, Knut – American Journal of Play, 2011
This article investigates the relationship between children in an after-school program (ASP) and the places where they play. It focuses on the kind of bodily play the children themselves choose and control. The author applies a life-world approach to this study, and his theoretical perspective is based on phenomenological philosophy. The…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Play, Human Body, Phenomenology