Friday, July 10, 2009

Cultural Influences on Play...

Cultural Influences on Play... 

Research on children's play in other countries around the world in the past has been undertaken to test the universality of stage theories of play development or prevalence or existence of certain play states such as symbolic or pretense play.  

In the American middle-class today, play and the toys that are manufactured to support play of young children are generally thought to be necessary for the stimulation of early cognitive and social development, which is believed to be useful for success in school and later life.  

Pretend play is particularly valued, and such play is seen as particularly appropriate activity for adults to engage in with children.  

(James E. Johnson - Play Development, and Early Education)

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