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Taking Play Seriously: Children and Play in Early Childhood Education - an Exciting Challenge


reviewed by Dorothy G. Singer October 26, 2009

coverTitle: Taking Play Seriously: Children and Play in Early Childhood Education - an Exciting Challenge
Author(s): Ole Fredrik Lillemyr
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 1607521148, Pages: 220, Year: 2009
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Play and its power to teach and nurture begins at birth. Watch how a baby reacts to a mother’s playfulness. There are smiles, cooing, and signs of disappointment and discomfort when the mother stops or ignores the baby’s positive reactions. This “love dance,” or connection between mother and child, lays the foundation for trust and for positive affect, the beginnings of socialization. In Lillemyr’s book, Taking Play Seriously, written for parents, educators, and students, the author, himself, takes play too seriously. I wish that he had included more vignettes of how children actually play throughout the book, as he repeatedly defines play in his first two chapters. He discusses the general characteristics of play; the practical applications of play; the significance of play; and the overall holistic understanding of play. This last topic is divided into four dimensions.  First play is considered as intrinsically motivated, secondly, play puts reality aside, third,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 26, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15813, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 12:38:38 AM

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  • Dorothy Singer
    Yale University
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    DOROTHY G. SINGER is Senior Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, Yale University. She is also Co-Director, with Jerome L. Singer, of the Yale University Family Television Research and Consultation Center affiliated with the Zigler Center for Child Development and Public Policy. Her research is in the area of early childhood development, television effects on youth, and parent training in imaginative play. Her latest books with Jerome L. Singer are Handbook of Children and the Media; Make-Believe: Games and Activities for Imaginative Play; Imagination and Play in the Electronic Age. Her newest edited books are Children's Play: Roots of Reading; Children, Culture and Violence; Play = Learning, and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2006 and in 2009, the Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association.
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