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Gargano, Elizabeth – American Journal of Play, 2010
The author contends that reading some narratives of make-believe can become for many children the ultimate form of fantasy play, providing them with a sense of control absent in their real world. She employs terms from French structuralist critic Gérard Genette, from Austrian child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, and from English pediatrician D. W.…
Descriptors: Imagination, Play, Fantasy, Childrens Literature
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Burghardt, Gordon M. – American Journal of Play, 2010
Scholars interested in play in humans should take note of the growing literature on play in other species, especially in light of the application of evolutionary approaches to virtually all areas of psychology. Although most research on animal play deals with mammals--particularly rodents, carnivores, and primates--studies have recorded play of…
Descriptors: Play, Brain, Animals, Animal Behavior
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Phillips, Anne K. – American Journal of Play, 2010
Nineteenth-century literature offers insights into the history and sociology of play in American life. Louisa May Alcott's novel "Little Women" contains especially rich period depictions of childhood games and amusements and provides some of the earliest scenes of American girls at play. The author discusses the various depictions of…
Descriptors: Novels, Play, Toys, Games
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American Journal of Play, 2010
Since 1992 C. J. Rogers has lived with wolves and studied their societies at Raised by Wolves, a licensed, nonprofit research sanctuary situated in a high valley of New Mexico's Zuni Mountains, not far from the Four Corners. Rogers, who has taught at Northeastern Illinois University and Western New Mexico University, holds doctorates in both…
Descriptors: Interviews, Animals, Animal Behavior, Play
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Han, Myae; Moore, Noreen; Vukelich, Carol; Buell, Martha – American Journal of Play, 2010
Merging the literatures of how to enhance young children's vocabulary development and how to improve learning through play, this study tested two vocabulary teaching protocols on at-risk preschool children: Explicit Instructional Vocabulary Protocol (EIVP) and shortened EIVP and a play session (EIVP + Play). From a group of 118 lowest-performing…
Descriptors: Play, Vocabulary Development, At Risk Students, Preschool Children
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Clark, Mary Kristen; Nwokah, Evangeline E. – American Journal of Play, 2010
Summer camps provide opportunities for children to experience play, pleasurable activities, and social interaction with other children of similar ages and interests and are an integral part of the modern-day American cultural landscape. The authors discuss the emergence of summer camps for children with special needs, the types of play activities…
Descriptors: Play, Summer Programs, Disabilities, Children
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Jarrett, Olga; French-Lee, Stacey; Bulunuz, Nermin; Bulunuz, Mizrap – American Journal of Play, 2010
Sand play commonly occupies children at preschools, child-development centers, and school and park playgrounds. The authors review the research on sand play and present a small study on outdoor sand play conducted at a university-based, child-development center using a method they call "facilitated-action research." This study had four…
Descriptors: Action Research, Playgrounds, Play, Preschool Children
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Bekoff, Marc; Pierce, Jessica – American Journal of Play, 2009
This essay challenges science's traditional taboo against anthropomorphizing animals or considering their behavior as indicative of feelings similar to human emotions. In their new book "Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals," the authors argue that anthropomorphism is alive and well, as it should be. Here they describe some…
Descriptors: Play, Animals, Animal Behavior, Emotional Response
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Forman-Brunell, Miriam; Eaton, Julie – American Journal of Play, 2009
The authors investigate the nearly ubiquitous cultural icon for girls' play, the princess. They survey historical instances of princess play from the beginning of the American republic to the New Millennium, look at the literature concerning princesses in various periods, and discuss the individual recollections about princess play of a number of…
Descriptors: Play, Females, Imagination, United States History
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Sattelmair, Jacob; Ratey, John J. – American Journal of Play, 2009
The authors discuss the growing evidence that strenuous physical activity is not only healthy for students but improves their academic performance. Based on such research, they argue that schools in the United States need to stop eliminating physical-education programs under the current political pressures to emphasize academics and instead to…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Physical Health, Academic Achievement
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Bergen, Doris – American Journal of Play, 2009
In recent years, playful methods of learning have almost disappeared from school classrooms, and active, creative, extended playtimes during recess, at home, and in neighborhoods have also greatly diminished. This disappearance of play is especially unfortunate because it is happening at the very time that professionals in many scientific,…
Descriptors: Play, STEM Education, Creative Thinking, Innovation
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Sarama, Julie; Clements, Douglas H. – American Journal of Play, 2009
The authors explore how children's play can support the development of the foundations of mathematics learning and how adults can support children's representation of--and thus the "mathematization" of--their play. The authors review research about the amount and nature of mathematics found in the free play of children. They briefly…
Descriptors: Play, Cognitive Development, Child Development, Mathematics Skills
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American Journal of Play, 2009
Stuart L. Brown is founder of the National Institute for Play, a California-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the notion that play can help transform the lives of individuals, families, schools, and organizations. Trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry, and clinical research, Brown was a physician in the United States…
Descriptors: Play, Brain, Child Development, Interviews
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Gray, Peter – American Journal of Play, 2009
The author offers the thesis that hunter-gatherers promoted, through cultural means, the playful side of their human nature and this made possible their egalitarian, nonautocratic, intensely cooperative ways of living. Hunter-gatherer bands, with their fluid membership, are likened to social-play groups, which people could freely join or leave.…
Descriptors: Play, Cultural Influences, Child Development, Skill Development
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American Journal of Play, 2009
Bowen White is a physician. He founded the Department of Preventive and Stress Medicine at the Baptist Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1983 and later established the center's Department of Wellness and Health Promotion. White is also a clown who goes by the name of Dr. Jerko. For years he mixed these dual interests, skills, and egos…
Descriptors: Play, Wellness, Health Promotion, Physicians
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