Sunday, July 13, 2014

50: Professional Texts & Resources About Play

Let 'Em Eat Dirt (Collage, M.A. Reilly, 2014)
In 1981, a typical school-age child in the United States had 40% of her time open for play. By 1997, the time for  play had shrunk to 25%. - Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, from here.

Articles & Chapters
  1. Batt, Tom. (2010). Using Play to Teach WritingAmerican Journal of Play, (1), pp. 63-80.
  2. Bergen, Doris. (2009). Play as the Learning Medium for Future Scientists, Mathematicians and EngineersAmerican Journal of Play, (4), pp. 414-428.
  3. Dougherty, Dale. (2013). The Maker Mindset. In Honey, Margaret & David E. Kanter. (Eds.). (2013). Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators. London, UK: Routledge.
  4. Fisher, K., Hirsch-Pasek, K., Newcombe, N. & Golinkoff, R.M. (2011). When playful learning trumps direct instruction: The case of shape learning. In T. R. Westbrook & A. Gopnik (Chairs), Playful learning: Pedagogy and policy. Symposium conducted at 2011 meeting of the Society for Research in Chid Development. Montreal, Canada. (Blog post about the research)
  5. Giddings, Seth and Kennedy, Helen W. (2008). Little jesuses and fuck-off robots: On aesthetics, cybernetics, and not being very good at Lego Star Wars. In Swalwell, M. and Wilson, J., (Eds.). The Pleasures of Computer Gaming: Essays on Cultural History, Theory and Aesthetics. Jefferson: NC: McFarland, pp. 13-32.
  6. Giddings, Seth. (2007). Playing with Nonhumans: Digital Games as Technocultural Form. In deCastell, S. & Jenson J. (Eds.). Worlds in Play: International Perspectives on Digital Games Research. New York: Peter Lang.
  7. MainemelisCharalampos & Sarah Ronson. (2006). Ideas are Born in Fields of Play: Towards a Theory of Play and Creativity in Organizational SettingsResearch in Organizational Behavior: An Annual Series of Analytical Essays and Critical Reviews Research in Organizational Behavior, Volume 27, 81–131.
  8. Marsh, Jackie. (2008). Out-of-School Play in online Virtual world and the Implications for Literacy Learning. Paper presented at Centre for Studies in Literacy, Policy and Learning Cultures, University of South Australia.
  9. Roskos, Kathleen & James Christie. (2013). Gaining Ground in Understanding the Play-Literacy RelationshipAmerican Journal of Play. 6 (1), pp. 82-96. 
  10. Roskos, Kathleen & James Christie. (2011). The Play-Literacy Nexus and the Importance of evidence-Based techniques  in the Classroom. American Journal of Play, 4 (2), pp. 204 - 223.
  11. Vygosky, Lev. (1976). Play and  its Role in the Mental Development of the Child. In Bruner, J., Jolly, A. and Sylva, K. (eds.). Play: Its Role in Development and Evolution. New York: Basic Books.
  12. Weisberg, Deena Skolnick, Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff. (2013). Guided Play: Where Curricular Goals Meet a Playful PedagogyMind, Brain, and Education, 7 (2), pp. 104-112. 
  13. Weisberg, Deena. S., Hirsh-Pasek Kathy., & Golinkoff Roberta. M. (2013).  Embracing complexity: Rethinking the relation between play and learning: Comment on Lillard et al. (2013)Psychological Bulletin. 139, 35-39., Number 1.
  14. Weisberg, Deena. S., Zosh, Jennifer M., Hirsh-Pasek Kathy., & Golinkoff, Roberta. M. (2013). Talking It Up: Play, Language Development, and the Role of the Adult Speaker. American Journal of Play. 6 (1), pp. 39-54. 
  15. Welsch, Jodi G. (2008). Playing Within and Beyond the Story: Encouraging Book-Related Pretend Play. The Reading Teacher, 62, (2), pp. 138-148.
  16. Wohlwend, Karen E. (2008). Play as a Literacy of Possibilities: Expanding Meanings in Practices, Materials, and Spaces. Language Arts, 86 (2), pp. 127-136.

  1. Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1963/1986). Teacher. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  2. Bateson, Patrick & Paul Martin. (2013).  Play, Playfulness, Creativity and Innovation. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  3. Brown, Frase & Chris taylor (Eds.). (2008). Foundations of Playwork. Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.
  4. Brown, Stuart & Christopher Vaughn. (2009). Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. New York: Avery.
  5. Cabral, Marta. (2014). Broken Things can Be Beautiful Things: Early Childhood Explorations in Play and Art.  New York: Vast Playground.
  6. Douglas, Katerine M. & Diane B. Jaquith. (2009). Engaging Learners through Artmaking: Choice-based Art Eduction in the Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press.
  7. Duckworth, Eleanor. (2006). "The having of wonderful ideas" and Other Essays on Teaching and Learning.  New York: Teachers College Press.
  8. Dyson, Anne Haas (2013). ReWRITING the Basics: Literacy Learning in Children's Cultures (Language and Literacy Series). New York: Teachers College Press.
  9. Egan, Kieran. (1989). Teaching as Storytelling. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
  10. Eisner, Elliot W. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind. London: Yale University Press. 
  11. Elkind, David. (2007). The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally. Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press.
  12. Frost, Joe L. (2009). A History of Children's Play and Play Environments: Toward a Contemporary Child-Saving Movement. London, UK: Routledge.
  13. Gandini, Lella; Hall, Lynn; Cadwell, Louise, & Charles Schwall. (2005). In the Spirit of the StudioL Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia. New York: Teachers College Press.
  14. Giddings, Seth. (2014). Gameworlds: Virtual Media and Children's Everyday Play. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. (Published on Aug. 28, 2014)
  15. Giddings, Seth. (2006). Walkthrough: Videogames and Technocultural Form. (Dissertation). Bristol, UK: University of the West of England, Bristol.
  16. Gray, Peter. (2013). Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, Self-Reliant, and Better Students for LifeNew York: Basic Books.
  17. Greene, Maxine. (2000). Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  18. Heath, Shirley Brice. (2012). Words at Work and Play: Three Decades in Family and Community Life. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  19. Honey, Margaret & David E. Kanter. (Eds.). (2013). Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators. London, UK: Routledge.
  20. Huizinga, Johan. (1971). Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture. London, UK: Routledge.
  21. Jones, Elizabeth & Gretchen Reynolds. (2011). The Play's the Thing: Teachers' Roles in Children's Play. New York: Teachers College Press. 
  22. Latta, Margaret Macintyre. (2012). Curricular Conversations: Play is the (Missing) Thing. New York: Routledge.
  23. Learning through Landscapes. (2014). Play Out: How to Develop Your Outside Space for Learning and Play. London, UK: Routledge.
  24. Martinez, Sylva Libow & Gary S. Stager. (2013). Invent to Learn: Making Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom. Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
  25. Paley, Vivian Gussin. (2014). The Boy on the Beach: Building Community through Play. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
  26. Paley, Vivian Gussin. (2005). A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
  27. Pellegrini, Anthony D. (2009). The Role of Play in Human Development. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  28. Schrange, Michael. (1999). Serious Play: How the World's Best Companies Simulate to Innovate. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.
  29. Suits, Bernard. (2005). The Grasshopper: Games, Life and Utopia. Broadview Press.
  30. Sutton-Smith, Brian. (2009). The Ambiguity of Play. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  31. Thomas, Douglas & John Seely Brown. (2011). A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. CreateSpace Independent Platform.
  32. Wohlwend, Karen E. (2013). Literacy Playshop: New Literacies, Popular Media, and Play in the Early Childhood Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press.
  33. Wohlwend, Karen E. (2011). Playing their Way into Literacies: Reading, Writing, and Belonging in the Early Childhood Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press.
  1. Dougherty, Dale. Make  (Archive of magazine). 
  2. The Strong. National Museum of Play. Museum Research and Publications.
  3. This was recommended by Pam Moran.  I remember seeing it a while ago. Thanks Pam:)


  1. Mary Ann,

    Here's another link from Ireland - kid to about play.

    1. Thanks Pam. I remember seeing this. Nothing says the importance of play clearer than the voices and actions of these children. I added the video to the post. The power of updating:)


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