PLAY FROM BIRTH TO TWELVE AND BEYOND.Doris Fromberg & Doris Bergen, Editors. New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of : Garland, 1998. 533 pp. $100.00. In this text, Fromberg and Bergen provide a state-of-the-art, comprehensive, and totally fascinating view of play. In 61 diverse chapters written by 75 highly respected authors, the book addresses topics such as play contexts and meanings, perspectives on play development, physical and social contexts of play, meanings of playful experiences, the study of various types of play, play in the disciplines, and the current, and future, status of play.
Not the least of the book's endearing en·dear·ing
Inspiring affection or warm sympathy: the endearing charm of a little child.
en·dear features is the contributors' self-descriptions and narratives about the role of play in their own lives. The descriptions are candidly and humorously written; they also convincingly reveal the effects of early experiences and play on one's later interests and academic pursuits. The reader will return to the earlier chapters with new insights and interest after experiencing these close-up and inspiring encounters with the authors' families.
Some of the chapters, such as Morris's brilliant "No Learning By Coercion coercion, in law, the unlawful act of compelling a person to do, or to abstain from doing, something by depriving him of the exercise of his free will, particularly by use or threat of physical or moral force. ," are more abstract, detailed, and rooted in ancient history and theory. In contrast, the lighter and more readable formats of Davidson's "Language and Play" and Frost's "Perspectives on Play in Playgrounds" provide a welcome respite. Levin's chapter on "Play With Violence" and Kafai's "Play and Technology" provide sensitive and knowledgeable perspectives on current issues, while chapters addressing "Intergenerational in·ter·gen·er·a·tion·al
Being or occurring between generations: "These social-insurance programs are intergenerational and all Play" and "Play in Clinical Settings" (by Patton and Gitlin, respectively) shed light on classical topics.
The text is well-suited to the graduate student of early childhood, elementary, or middle-school education. Human development graduate students will appreciate the life-span emphasis from multiple perspectives. Researchers with interests in child development and play also are sure to find a gold mine here.
After completing this book, the reader will more fully realize the importance of play throughout history. The enlightened reader may concur CONCUR - ["CONCUR, A Language for Continuous Concurrent Processes", R.M. Salter et al, Comp Langs 5(3):163-189 (1981)]. with Jambor, who, in his self-description, quotes George Bernard Shaw Multiple people share the name Bernard Shaw:
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