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Play and Development: A Symposium with Contributions by Jean Piaget, Peter Wolff, Rene A. Spitz, Konrad Lorenz, Lois Barclay, and Erik H. Erikson


reviewed by Brian Sutton-Smith 1973

coverTitle: Play and Development: A Symposium with Contributions by Jean Piaget, Peter Wolff, Rene A. Spitz, Konrad Lorenz, Lois Barclay, and Erik H. Erikson
Author(s): Maria W. Piers
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 176, Year: 1972
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Despite the term "play" in the title, on the dust cover, and in Pier's epilogue, where she says, "The book's most frequent and most powerful theme is play," this is not, in general, a book about play. It is a series of essays on human development in which the speakers were asked to "illuminate their approaches at the border separating knowledge from mystery." Only two of the speakers (Murphy and Erikson) chose to talk about play. Piaget writes on "Some Aspects of Operations" in his customary manner, including material on memory and reflexive operations. He finishes with a memorable quote: "Every time we teach a child something, we keep him from inventing it by himself. On the other hand, that which we allow him to discover by himself will remain with him visibly ... for all the rest of his life." (p. 27) Wolff speculates on developmental pathways which are alternatives to those proposed by Piaget, and says some useful things about how a series... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 3, 1973, p. 444-445
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1555, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 7:03:49 AM

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