Its Relationship to Imagination and Creativity

1st Edition - January 28, 1977

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  • Author: J. Nina Lieberman
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266275

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Playfulness: Its Relationship to Imagination and Creativity focuses on a discussion of the play element in play. This book discusses the differentiation between play and exploratory behavior based on familiar versus novel aspects in the factual givens. Organized into seven chapters, this book begins with an overview of the role of play, imagination, and creativity in psychological research. This text then examines the theoretical model that indicates the role of playfulness in affective, cognitive, and social functioning, and particularly relates these links to creativity and imagination. Other chapters consider playfulness as behavior at later stages of development. This book discusses as well some of the variables considered in relation to playfulness, including sex differences, social class, and level of intelligence. This book is intended to be suitable for professionals and advanced students in a number of disciplines. Developmental and educational psychologists as well as educators will also find this book useful.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    I Introduction


    Playfulness: Its Rationale and Exploration

    Proposed Thesis for the Role of Playfulness as a Play Element in Play, Imagination, and Creativity

    II Historical Clues to Playfulness as the Play Element in Play

    Adult versus Child Play: Is Playfulness Part of It?

    The Functional Analysis of Play, or Why We Play: No Room for Playfulness

    The Qualitative Analysis of Play, or How We Play: Enter Playfulness

    III Playfulness in Play and the Player: Developmental Studies of a Qualitative Aspect of Play

    The Kindergarten Study: Playfulness and Its Relationship to Divergent Thinking

    The High School Study: Playfulness as a Personality Trait in Adolescents

    Some Preliminary Findings on Postadolescents and Adults

    Some Highlights of the Findings and Pointers for Further Research

    IV Playfulness in Studies of Play, Imagination, and Creativity

    Specific Characteristics of Play Relating to Imagination and Creativity

    Individual Differences in Salient Characteristics of Play as a Result of Sex, Level of Intelligence, Childrearing Practices, and Schooling

    Summary Statement and Recommendations

    V The Role of Playfulness in a Theoretical Framework for a Relationship Among Play, Imagination, and Creativity

    Clues to Playfulness in a Cognitive Linkage Between Play, Imagination, and Creativity

    Clues to Playfulness in Affective States Common to Play, Imagination, and Creativity

    Clues to Playfulness in Social Expectations Related to Play, Imagination, and Creativity

    The Role of Playfulness in Aesthetics

    VI Practical Implications: The Place of Playfulness in Everyday Living

    The Home Environment: Can Parenting Have a Lighter Vein?

    The Classroom: Can Fun Be Part of the Learning Process?

    Career Choice: Can Playing with Options Be Part of It?

    On-the-Job Satisfaction: Can All Occupations Play?

    Use of Leisure: Can All Ages Play?

    Summary Statement on the Role of Playfulness in an Individual's Lifespan

    VII Epilogue: The "Now" and "Future" Scene

    Answers to Questions Asked

    Pointers to Questions Still to Be Explored

    Perspective on the Twenty-First Century

    Appendix A: Playfulness Scale (Form K)

    Rating Instructions

    Rating Scales

    Appendix B: Playfulness-Nonplayfulness Scale (Form A)

    Rating Instructions

    Rating Scales


    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 196
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: January 28, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266275

About the Author

J. Nina Lieberman

About the Editor

Allen J. Edwards

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