This book looks at the impact of play on child development.
This multidimensional book looks at the current status of play theory across the disciplines, literally from anthropology to zoology. The authors examine play phenomena from four perspectives, Play as Progress; Play as Power, Play as Fantasy; and Play as Self. The volume is concluded with a challenge for future study by Brian Sutton-Smith.
With the wealth of information gathered here, this book will serve as an invaluable reference tool, textbook, and source of inspiration for all those interested in the fascinating study of children's play.
Anthony D. Pellegrini is Professor of Early Education at the University of Georgia. He is the author of School Recess and Playground Behavior: Educational and Developmental Roles, also published by SUNY Press, and the editor of the SUNY series, Children's Play in Society.
"Brian Sutton-Smith is the philosopher's philosopher in the area of play, culture, and development. He is an inspirational and tireless leader and has been for quite some time now. This book will serve us well as we continue to grapple with this most complex of phenomenon. The book is extremely rich in empirical integrations, interesting hypotheses, and speculative musings that will keep researchers across a variety of disciplines challenged for years to come." — James E. Johnson, The Pennsylvania State University