A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool
Presenting the Evidence
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Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Book DescriptionWe are robbing young children of play time at home and school in an effort to give them a head start on academic skills like reading and mathematics. Yet the scientific evidence suggests that eliminating play from the lives of children is taking preschool education in the wrong direction. This brief but compelling book provides a strong counterargument to the rising tide of didactic instruction on preschool classrooms. The authors present scientific evidence in support of three points: 1) children need both unstructured free time and playful learning under the gentle guidance of adults to best prepare for entrance into formal school; 2) academic and social development are inextricably intertwined, so academic learning must not trump attention to social development; and 3) learning and play are not incompatible. Rather, playful learning captivates children's minds in ways that support better academic and social outcomes as well as strategies for lifelong learning. Written in clear and expressive language, this book offers a comprehensive review of research supporting playful learning along with succinct policy and practice recommendations that derive from this research. A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool is a must read for teachers, policy makers, and parents interested in educating a generation of life-long learners who are ready for school and ready to compete in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195382716
(210mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 25-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Play's the Thing, Paperback (November 2011)
Responding to current debates on the place of play in schools, the authors have extensively revised their groundbreaking book. They explain how and why play is a critical part of children's development, as well as the central role adults have to promote it.
Play, Learning, Hardback (September 2006)
Presenting an argument about the long-term effects of play, this work urges researchers and practitioners to reconsider the ways play facilitates development across domains. It provides children with the opportunity to maximize their attention spans, learn to get along with peers, cultivate their creativity, and gain the academic skills.
Origins of Grammar, Paperback (September 1999)» View all books by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
This text presents a model for language learning: the intermodal preferential looking paradigm, which can be used to assess lexical and syntactic knowlege in children as young as 13 months. The authors use their results from this model to describe their theory of language learning.
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