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Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth
Why is it that the best and brightest of our children are arriving at college too burned out to profit from the smorgasbord of intellectual delights that they are offered? Why is it that some preschools and kindergartens have a majority of children struggling to master cognitive tasks that are inappropriate for their age? Why is playtime often considered to be time unprodu ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2006)
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A very useful collection of empirical research articles on the thesis that play=learning. Informed by developmental psychology and social-constructivist approaches to learning it is both scholarly and accessible. A must read for new and practising teachers faced with the pressure to ditch play in the name of standards and accountability. As government in the US and UK go further down the formal teaching route this book reminds us that humans are naturally and spontaneously playful and that failu ...more