Children's Play by W. George Scarlett

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Children's Play looks at the many facets of play and how it develops from infancy through late childhood. Authors W. George Scarlett, Sophie Naudeau, Dorothy Salonius-Pasternak, and Iris Ponte take a broad approach to examining how children play by including a wide variety of types of play, play settings, and play media. The book also discusses major revolutions in the way today's children play, including changes in organized youth sports, children's humor, and electronic play. Children's Play addresses diversity throughout the text and explores play on the topics of gender, disabilities, socioeconomic class, and culture.

 

 

About W. George Scarlett

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W. George Scarlett is senior lecturer and deputy chair of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. He received a BA from Yale University, an MDiv from the Episcopal Divinity School, and a PhD (in developmental psychology) from Clark University. He has authored or co-authored six books and co-edited the Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development (published by SAGE). His second most recent book was Approaches to Behavior and Classroom Management (also published by SAGE). He has been the lead author or co-author of chapters in The Handbook of Child Psychology and The Handbook of Life-Span Development – both leading resources for professionals conducting research on children and adolescents. In addition, he has published numerous articles on a variety of subjects pertaining to children, including articles on behavior management, and he has been on the research teams of several internationally known leaders, including Ed Zigler at Yale (early research on Head Start) and Howard Gardner at Harvard (early research on multiple intelligences). He has served as a consultant to the Cambridge, Somerville, and Lowell Head Start systems in Massachusetts and directed a residential summer camp for children with emotional and behavioural disorders. Currently, he is a regular consultant to reporters and news agencies, communicating to the general public best practices for raising and educating children and youth. At Tufts, in addition to his administrative duties as the department’s deputy chair, he teaches courses on approaches to problem behavior, children’s play, and spiritual development, and writes a column, “Kids These Days,” for Tufts Magazine. Sophie Naudeau is a graduate of Sorbonne University and a former Fulbright fellow. She has extensive fieldwork experience with refugee children in diverse cultures (Bosnia; Guinea-Conakry; Sierra Leone; Thailand and Cambodia) and currently writes and conducts research on resilience and children’s play among war-affected children and children of prisoners. Dorothy Salonius-Pasternak is a graduate of Wesleyan University and was formerly affiliated with the National Research Institute in Finland and the Yale New Haven Hospital. Currently, she conducts research on adolescents with diabetes through the Harvard Medical School, Joslin Diabetes Clinic and Tufts University. Iris Ponte is a graduate of Holy Cross College and a former Watson Scholar. She has conducted extensive research in preschools in the United Kingdom, Taiwan, China, Japan and Newfoundland and has worked for Sesame Street Research at the Children’s Television Workshop in New York.
 
Published September 7, 2004 by SAGE Publications, Inc. 296 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction