Most chapters begin with “Introduction” and “Focus Questions” and conclude with “Summary” and “Projects/Assignments.”
I. THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY.
1. Beliefs About Play.
History and Images of Children and Play.
Multiple Perspectives on Play.
Current Issues and Trends.
2. Theories of Play.
Implications for Teachers
II. PLAY AND DEVELOPMENT.
3. Play, Development, and Assessment: Birth to Eight Years.
Play Development: An Overview.
Development of Motor Play.
Development of Object Play.
Development of Symbolic Play.
Development of Social Play.
Play Development from Six to Eight.
4. Diversity and Individual Differences in Play.
Personality and Play.
Race and Ethnicity.
5. Play's Role in Development.
Play and Development: Basic Observations.
Brain Development and Play.
Cultural Learning and Play.
Language and Literacy Dimension.
Feature: School Readiness: Educational Value of Play.
Feature: What good is play? Communicating the value of play to parents.
6. Play Contexts: Physical Environment, Social Ecology, and Culture.
Cultural-Contextual Approaches to Play.
Physical Environment and Play.
Social Ecology and Play.
Play and Culture.
III. PLAY AND EDUCATION.
7. Play's Role in Education.
The value of educational play.
Types of Educational Play.
Barriers to educational play.
8. Enriching Classroom Play: Materials and Curriculum.
Relationship between play materials and development.
Characteristics of play materials.
Types of Play Materials.
9. Enriching Classroom Play: Teaching Strategies and Facilitation Techniques.
Providing Adequate Time for Play.
Teacher Involvement in Play.
Linking Play with Instruction.
10. Play for Children with Special Needs and Circumstance.
Play and Special Education.
Child Life Programs.
11. Popular Culture, Media, and Technology.
Play and the Media.
12. Outdoor Play.
History of Playgrounds.
Purpose of outdoor play.
Different kinds of playgrounds.
Role of the teacher in the playground.
Outdoor play advocacy.