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Ferreira, P. (2015) Why Play? Examining the Roles of Play in ICTD (Journal Article)

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Date:
January 2015
Volume:
1
Page/s:
12
Synonyms:
  • Digital play
  • Games with rules
  • Literature review
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Gaskins, S. (2000) Children's Daily Activities in a Mayan Village: A Culturally Grounded Description (Journal Article)

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Building on recent efforts to reconceptualize development and socialization as contextually grounded processes, several aspects of Yucatec Mayan children's daily lives are observed, including maintenance activities, social orientation, work, and play. For each category of activity, the behavior of children ranging in age from 0 to 17 is described. Three principles of engagement generated to explain the Mayan cultural context (primacy of adult work, parental beliefs, and independence of child motivation) are used to interpret the descriptive data, illustrating how cultural understanding enables a meaningful interpretation of Mayan children's behavior and how lack of knowledge of these principles could lead to a misinterpretation through a Western cultural lens.

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Date:
January 2000
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Volume:
34
Page/s:
375-389
Synonyms:
  • Exploratory play
  • Physical play
  • Pretend play
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Gray, P. (2009) Play as a foundation for hunter-gatherer social existence (Journal Article)

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Date:
January 2009
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Volume:
1
Page/s:
476–522
Synonyms:
  • Developmental outcomes
  • Free play
  • Games with rules
  • Humour
  • Literature review
  • Physical play
  • Playfulness
  • Pretend play
  • Pro-social behaviour
  • Social-emotional
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Jarvis, P. et al. (2014) On ‘becoming social’: the importance of collaborative free play in childhood (Journal Article)

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There is increasing concern about declining mental health amongst children in the UK and the USA. Evolutionary and anthropological theorists have begun to build a theory linking this situation to decreasing opportunities to engage in free play. This paper will explore typical contexts for children in these nations, concluding that a range of recently emerging environments have decreased opportunities for collaborative peer free play and ‘discovery’ activities for the current generation. We will draw the theoretical analysis from a broad area of research encompassing psychology, anthropology, education, sociology, marketing, and philosophy to offer a new blend of practical and theoretical perspectives that may shed further light upon this topic.

Date:
January 2014
Publisher or Journal:
Volume:
3
Page/s:
53-68
Synonyms:
  • Free play
  • Literature review
  • Mental health
  • Outdoor play
  • Peers play
  • Social play
  • Well-being outcomes
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