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Banchich, Thomas – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author uses the inscriptions and images on several ancient Greek vases to consider how social context, the meanings of play-related words, and particular features of the Greek language contributed to the ability to signal and perceive playfulness. He emphasizes the importance of the lexical range of some Greek words and how expectations linked…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Play, Humor, Foreign Countries
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Kidd, Stephen E. – American Journal of Play, 2017
The episodic structuring of ancient novels gives rise to the impression that they are not a serious genre in contrast to other genres like tragedy. Episodic plots tend to imply a playfulness not bound to causality but instead a spontaneity that includes the freedom to reinvent themselves. The author argues that novels like Longus's "Daphnis…
Descriptors: Novels, Play, Classical Literature, Humor
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Higl, Andrew – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author discusses the Exeter Book riddles, some of the earliest poems in English, specifically Old English, as perfect examples of how play and poetry intersect. Their playfulness, he claims, is most apparent in the original manuscript, but notes that few modern readers read Old English. The orthography of the manuscript also helps to make the…
Descriptors: Play, Poetry, Games, Puzzles
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Thomson, Paula; Jaque, S. Victoria – American Journal of Play, 2016
Flow experiences (also known as optimal performance) occur when people engage in activities they enjoy. The authors discuss such events in their study that examined a number of healthy, active individuals (performing artists, athletes, and others engaged in a range of recreational activities) and divided these into three groups based on adverse…
Descriptors: Early Experience, Stress Variables, Stress Management, Coping
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Henricks, Thomas S. – American Journal of Play, 2016
The author reviews historical attempts--mostly by European thinkers--to characterize modernity and its relationship to play. He discusses ideas from Friederich Schiller to Brian Sutton-Smith, all to set the ground for a theory of play in the modern world. Emphasizing the ideas of Max Weber--in particular his theory of rationalization and its…
Descriptors: Play, Modern History, Theories, Child 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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Kimiecik, Jay C. – American Journal of Play, 2016
The author uses his father's autobiographical writings about the small-town, baseball experiences of his youth as background for discussing the significant cultural shifts that have dramatically changed the nature of the game from a free-play experience for neighborhood kids to an organized youth-league sport. In contrast to his father's day, the…
Descriptors: Fathers, Autobiographies, Team Sports, Play
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Liapi, Marianthi; Ackermann, Edith – American Journal of Play, 2016
Th?e authors examine the potential impact of play on astronauts adapting to the extreme conditions of space travel. Th?ey cite research showing that well-trained astronauts, though in general physically fi?t and emotionally stable, can suffer from--among other things--boredom and sensory deprivation in the con?fines of the microgravity capsules…
Descriptors: Space Exploration, Space Sciences, Psychological Patterns, Play
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Ness, Daniel; Farenga, Stephen J. – American Journal of Play, 2016
The authors consider the strengths and weaknesses of three different visuo-spatial constructive play object (VCPO) types--blocks, bricks, and planks--and their impact on the development of creativity in spatial thinking and higher learning during free play. Each VCPO has its own set of attributes, they note, leading to different purposes,…
Descriptors: Visual Perception, Spatial Ability, Play, Manipulative Materials
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Nicholson, ?Julie; Bauer, Anne; Woolley, Ristyn – American Journal of Play, 2016
The authors discuss an urban public school district's efforts to reinsert play after its mandated disappearance for fourteen years under a scripted curriculum imposed to meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind law. The authors analyze field notes, teacher and administrator interviews, coaching records, and surveys to chart the impact on…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Public Schools, Play
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Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Sando, Ole Johan – American Journal of Play, 2016
The authors point out a basic contradiction: On one hand, we want to keep children as safe as possible; On the other, they suggest, learning to take risks is a normal part of childhood and child development. In Norway, research has shown that early-childhood education and care (ECEC) practitioners have, in the past, taken a permissive approach to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Children, Child Safety
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Mechling, Jay – American Journal of Play, 2016
For Sigmund Freud, the terms "dreamwork" and "jokework" denoted the process by which the mind displaces social and psychological anxieties and permits them to emerge disguised in dreams and jokes. This article posits a similar process for "sandwork." Examining the ways people play with sand in its three basic…
Descriptors: Play, Playground Activities, Reflection, Children
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Pendlebury, Kate – American Journal of Play, 2016
The author argues that children's books are not, as commonly held, either didactic or entertaining and that successful juvenile literature teaches what Lewis Carroll, who wrote "Alice in Wonderland," termed "mental recreation." Pendlebury contends that learning and play, far from being opposites, can closely resemble one…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Children, Play, Recreational Activities
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King, Pete; Howard, Justine – American Journal of Play, 2016
The authors explore the use of three basic tenets from Self-Determination Theory--competence, relatedness, and autonomy--for a definition of play that resists the current popular call for play to be freely chosen. They explore whether free play truly exists and whether complete choice constitutes an absolute requirement for children to consider…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Play, Student Motivation, Children
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West, Samuel E.; Hoff, Eva; Carlsson, Ingegerd – American Journal of Play, 2016
The authors investigate the links between playfulness and creative organizational climates established by other research, using play cues--objects and sweets--they provide participants halfway through workplace meetings. Their findings suggest such cues significantly enhance the creative climate and playfulness in workplace meetings without…
Descriptors: Play, Productivity, Cues, Creativity
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