Symbolic Play

Symbolic Play

The Development of Social Understanding

1st Edition - February 28, 1984

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  • Editor: Inge Bretherton
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264806

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Symbolic Play: The Development of Social Understanding describes the development of symbolic play from infancy through the preschool years. This text is divided into 12 chapters that focus on make-believe as an activity within which young children spontaneously represent and practice their understanding of the social world. The first chapter introduces the development of event schemata produced in symbolic play, about children's management of the playframe, and about the development of subjunctive, or "what if" thought. The next chapters are devoted to the development of joint pretending, specifically the use if shared scripts in the organization of make-believe play and the subtleties of metacommunication. These chapters also emphasize the supporting role of the mother in early collaborative make-believe. These topics are followed by discussions of the child's growing ability to represent the internal states of the inanimate figures whose doing can vicariously enacts. The remaining chapters focus on social interaction through symbolic play with dolls, toy animals, object props, and language. This book will prove useful to psychologists and researchers in the fields of human development, society, and family.

Table of Contents


  • Contributors

    Preface

    I. Introduction

    1. Representing the Social World in Symbolic Play: Reality and Fantasy

    Introduction: Piaget and Event Representation

    Event Representation in Symbolic Play

    Map and Territory: Two Levels of Event Representation in Symbolic Play

    The Representation of Subjunctive Events in Symbolic Play

    Conclusions

    References

    II. Cooperative Symbolic Play

    2. Playing with Scripts

    Introduction

    Study 1: The Long and the Short of Play

    Study 2: Staging Play through Action and Dialogue Sequences

    General Discussion

    References

    3. The Coordination of Meaning in the Creation of a Shared Make-Believe Reality

    Introduction

    Literature Review

    Method

    Findings

    Conclusions

    Appendix

    References

    4. Mother-Baby Role Phy: Its Origins in Social Support

    Introduction

    Procedures

    General Description of Mothering Play

    Content of Role Portrayal

    Verbal Techniques of Role Portrayal

    Pretend Motherese

    Role Portrayal in Interaction

    Discussion

    References

    5. I a Daddy: 2-Year-Olds’ Collaboration in Joint Pretend with Sibling and with Mother

    Introduction

    Method

    Findings

    Conclusions

    Appendix 1

    Appendix 2

    References

    6. Shared Pretend: Sociodramatic Play at 3 Years of Age

    Definition and Developmental Issues

    Conducting the Play Sessions

    Results: Entry into Play

    Results: Structural Properties of Early Sociodramatic Play

    Conclusions

    References

    III. Symbolic Play with Toys and Words

    7. Agency and Experience: Actions and States in Play Narratives

    Introduction

    Background and Design of the Study

    Longitudinal Findings

    Toward a Developmental Model for Understanding Others

    Individual Differences in the Use of Social Knowledge

    Conclusions

    References

    8. Waiting for the Birth of a Sibling: The Verbal Fantasies of a 2-Year-Old Boy

    Introduction

    Analysis of the Data

    Final Remarks

    References

    9. Developmental Trends for Action and Speech in Pretend Play

    Introduction

    Method

    Results

    Discussion

    References

    10. The Effect of Contextual Variation on Symbolic Play: Development from 20 to 28 Months

    Introduction

    Method

    Results

    Discussion

    Appendix

    References

    11. Conceptual Organization in the Play of Preschool Children: Effects of Meaning, Context, and Mother-Child Interaction

    Introduction: Theoretical Considerations

    An Experiment Investigating Conceptual Skills in Preschool Children: Methodological Considerations

    Conclusion

    References

    12. Toddlers’ Play, Alone and With Mother: The Role of Maternal Guidance

    Introduction

    Method

    Results

    Discussion

    References

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 390
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: February 28, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264806

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