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The Ecological Context of Children's Play


reviewed by Nancy R. King 1990

coverTitle: The Ecological Context of Children's Play
Author(s): Vivian Gussin Paley
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago
ISBN: 0226644960, Pages: , Year: 1991
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Creating boundaries that limit the impact of external contexts on participants’ activities is a central feature and a primary purpose of play. Players delight in play contexts because they have a certain independence from reality, and do not require participants to be responsive to nonplay responsibilities and obligations. Yet it is also clear that play forms are susceptible to the influence of context variables. This may be particularly true of children’s play because, with the possible exception of the immediate play activity itself, such play is provided by adults. At the micro level, adults may design a play setting for a particular individual or group of children; at the macro level, contexts exert an influence though they are not developed with the specific intention of shaping children’s play. The study of the role of context in the play of children reveals both obvious but often overlooked influences and subtle, little noticed... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 1, 1990, p. 152-156
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 340, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 6:19:31 PM

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