- Oxford Library of Psychology
- The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Play
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Defining and Recognizing Play
- Cultural Variations in Beliefs about Play, Parent–Child Play, and Children’s Play: Meaning for Childhood Development
- Theories of Play
- Comparing and Extending Piaget’s and Vygotsky’s Understandings of Play: Symbolic Play as Individual, Sociocultural, and Educational Interpretation
- Gene × Environment Interactions and Social Play: Contributions from Rhesus Macaques
- Playing at Every Age: Modalities and Potential Functions in Non-Human Primates
- Play and Development
- The History of Children’s Play in the United States
- The Antipathies of Play
- The Cultural Ecology of Play: Methodological Considerations for Studying Play in Its Everyday Contexts
- Observational Methods in Studying Play
- Object Play and Tool Use: Developmental and Evolutionary Perspectives
- The Development and Function of Locomotor Play
- Not Just “Playing Alone”: Exploring Multiple Forms of Nonsocial Play in Childhood
- Internalizing and Externalizing Disorders during Childhood: Implications for Social Play
- Gender and Temperament in Young Children’s Social Interactions
- Social Play of Children with Adults and Peers
- Rough-and-Tumble Play: Training and Using the Social Brain
- Children’s Games and Playground Activities in School and Their Role in Development
- Mother–Child Fantasy Play
- Origins and Consequences of Social Pretend Play
- The Development of Pretend Play in Autism
- Technology and Play
- Playing Around in School: Implications for Learning and Educational Policy
Abstract and Keywords
The development of social play in children in the toddler and preschool periods of development is placed within a theoretical framework that integrates theories of development with theories of development within context, as well as with theories of cultural community. The practices and activities of a cultural community are the socio-cultural context for adult socialization of children’s forms and styles of social play. Social play is a behavioral manifestation of social competence. Antecedents of social play development include the child capacities, relationships with adult caregivers, and the social and emotional climate of the social setting of play. Future research on social play needs to examine and understand the development of children’s play when the play partner, adult or peer, comes from a different home cultural community than the child. Future social policy-directed research needs to examine trends in opportunities to play within programs for young children.
Carollee Howes, Psychological Studies in Education, University of California at Los Angeles.
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