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A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence 1st Edition

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"This brief, convincing book is a valuable read for several audiences...Teacher educators and trainers as well as curriculum developers will find strong support for bringing play back to the classrooms. Lastly, parents will find it an eye-opener to the value of play and the critical role that make-believe play has in developing a child's competencies, both academic and social-emotional."--Preschool Matters


"Amid the increasing emphasis on standards and assessment in preschool education, are policymakers losing sight of the value of play? This book, by four distinguished investigators in the field, suggests that they are. After reviewing decades of research, the authors conclude that 'children need both unstructured free play and playful learning under the gentle guidance of adults to best prepare them for entrance into formal school.'"--Fairfax Futures


"A Mandate for Playful Learning in the Preschool: Presenting the Evidence offers strong new ammunition desperately needed to halt the forces that devalue play...the fact that this book gets right to the points that it so compellingly makes may, in itself, attract busy readers as well as give believers resource material for framing their own approaches...I highly recommend this book. It articulates the beliefs of play specialists and scholars beautifully in an evidence-based context."--Karen VanderVen as reviewed in American Journal of Play


About the Author

Dorothy G. Singer, is retired Senior Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, Yale University. Dr. Singer is also Co-Director, with Jerome L. Singer, of the Yale University Family Television Research and Consultation Center affiliated with the Zigler Center for Child Development and Public Policy. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Her research and publications are in the area of early childhood development, television effects on youth, and parent training in imaginative play. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2006, and in 2009, the Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195382714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195382716
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In looking for sound early years research which is not tempered by assessment driven curriculum I found this book to be of the highest standard. It states in clear language the types of programs which early years educators have been trying to convince others of for many years. It is a little gem. Well done to the authors. A must read for those early educators who find the push down hot-housing of children who are six and below really distressing.
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This should be required reading for anyone who is involved in making decisions about young children's growth and development--families, child care providers, kindergarten teachers, community foundations and decision makers in higher learning settings.
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As a preschool teacher of special needs students, I found this book validating as I strive to carve out a little place for them to engage in exploratory, playful, meaningful learning.
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By lmassey on November 3, 2012
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I bought the book to do research for a paper that I am writing and the information in the book gave me tons of information and my first five pages came out this book.
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i am a mother of 2 young children and bought this book in hopes to find some ideas to help get them ready for preschool/kindergarten. not in this book. more of a reference book for people in the education profession, mostly trying to persuade you to use the playful learning technique, but never really told you how to do it. kind of frustrating.
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