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- DescriptionThe role of play in child development is a source of ongoing interest and debate. In this book, rewned expert Peter Smith offers an expansive definition of the term play , taking an in-depth look at its impact on children, as well as its adaptive value for birds and mammals, including primates. Using both contemporary and classic research, Smith examines how different age groups and sexes participate in a wide variety of play, including exercise and rough-and- tumble play, fantasy play and imaginary friends, and play with objects. The book gauges the function of play in early childhood education and makes the case for and against recess breaks in school. How play occurs in different societies and among various populations - including children with special needs - is also explored. With its comprehensive coverage of theoretical, historical, cross-cultural, and evolutionary perspectives, Children and Play holds significant insights for parents, educators, and clinicians.
- Author BiographyPeter K. Smith is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is co-author of Understanding Children's Development and co-editor of The Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development and of The Nature of Play: Great Apes and Humans . He has written widely on children's play, especially pretend play training, and rough-and-tumble play.
- Author(s)Peter K. Smith
- PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Date of Publication09/04/2009
- SubjectPsychology: Professional & General
- Series TitleUnderstanding Children's Worlds
- Place of PublicationChicester
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintWiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, figures
- Weight398 g
- Width161 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine14 mm
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