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Play and Literacy in Early Childhood : Research From Multiple Perspectives - Kathleen A. Roskos

Play and Literacy in Early Childhood

Research From Multiple Perspectives

By: Kathleen A. Roskos (Editor), James F. Christie (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th June 2007
ISBN: 9780805856408
Number Of Pages: 246

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This volume presents studies and research syntheses on the significance of play in the literacy development of young children and pushes the study of play and literacy into new areas. Children's play is under serious attack that puts it in a precarious position in today's brave new world dominated by early learning standards and achievement outcomes. Reflecting this paradigm shift that has taken place since the publication of the first edition, this edition is organized around a different set of focal perspectives on the play-literacy interface:

  • The Playful Mind

  • The Play-Literacy Instructional Environment

  • The Play-Literacy Social Context.

Looking both back and ahead, re-visiting previously reported studies and also introducing new inquiries into the role of play in early literacy development and learning, especially as these shed light on school readiness, this volume mines studies that directly focus on play-literacy links as well as new studies and syntheses that take these links in new directions and to new starting places for research. It challenges play-literacy researchers to use their imaginations to overcome persistent methodological problems, to break from the past into new territories of study (such as neuroscience), to strive for multi-disciplinary perspectives, and to push harder for the incorporation of play into the literacy education of young children.
Play and Literacy in Early Childhood is intended for researchers and practitioners in the fields of early childhood education and early literacy development and as text for upper-level courses in these areas.

Prefacep. vii
About the Authorsp. xv
The Playful Mind
Pretend Play and Children's Cognitive and Literacy Development: Sources of Evidence and Some Lessons From the Pastp. 3
Improvisation: A Lens for Play and Literacy Researchp. 21
Bringing Books to Life: The Role of Book-Related Dramatic Play in Young Children's Literacy Learningp. 37
Commentary: Cognition, Play, and Early Literacyp. 65
The Play-Literacy Instructional Environment
Play in the Context of the New Preschool Basicsp. 83
Supporting Literacy and Play in Early Childhood Programs: Promising Practices and Continuing Challengesp. 101
Individual Differences in Play Style and Literacy: A Bioecological Perspectivep. 119
Commentary: Play, Literacy, and Theories of Instructionp. 133
The Play-Literacy Social Context
Social Contexts for Literacy Development: A Family Literacy Programp. 151
Literacy, Play and Authentic Experiencep. 169
Play and Early Literacy: A Vygotskian Approachp. 185
Commentary: Play, Learning, and Teachingp. 201
Afterwordp. 215
Author Indexp. 227
Subject Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780805856408
ISBN-10: 0805856404
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 25th June 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 16.05  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition