Children, Play, and Development, Fourth Edition, discusses the relationship of play to the physical, social, intellectual, and emotional growth of the child. Author Fergus P. Hughes focuses on the historical, sociocultural, and ethological context of play; the role of development in play; and the wide range of theories that provide a framework for interpreting play.
The changes in this thoroughly updated Fourth Edition include new information on cultural differences in object play, a critique of experimental research on play across cultures, brain correlates of aggressive play in humans and animals, the development of the young child’s ability to distinguish between reality and make-believe, computers in the classroom, the development of emergent literacy, and the impact of attachment on children’s development.
-Offers thorough coverage of theoretical perspectives on play, showing readers how theories contribute to a scientific understanding of play
-Provides an up-to-date review of the literature, with nearly half of the references new to this edition
-Includes a rich variety of pedagogical features that illustrate key points and help stimulate class discussions
-Presents Putting Theory Into Practice sections (two per chapter) that contain practical applications of theory and research
Part I. The Context of Play
1. Historical and Theoretical Viewpoints
2. Ethological and Cultural Perspectives
Part II. The Development of Play
3. The First Two Years of Life
4. The Preschool Years: From 2 to 5
5. Play in Later Childhood and Adolescence
Part III. Individual Differences in Play
6. Gender Differences in Play
7. Play in Special Populations
Part IV. The Benefits of Play
8. Play and Intellectual Development
9. The Social Benefits of Play
10. The Uses of Play in Therapy
Fergus P. Hughes is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay From 1972 until 2004 he was a professor of Human Development and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he taught courses on child development, adolescent development, life span human development, and children’s play. In 2004 he assumed the role of Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which he held until his retirement in 2007. He is currently engaged in scholarly writing and teaching courses in the University’s Adult Degree Program.