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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.
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
II. Cooperative Symbolic Play
2. Playing with Scripts
Study 1: The Long and the Short of Play
Study 2: Staging Play through Action and Dialogue Sequences
3. The Coordination of Meaning in the Creation of a Shared Make-Believe Reality
4. Mother-Baby Role Phy: Its Origins in Social Support
General Description of Mothering Play
Content of Role Portrayal
Verbal Techniques of Role Portrayal
Role Portrayal in Interaction
5. I a Daddy: 2-Year-Olds’ Collaboration in Joint Pretend with Sibling and with Mother
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
III. Symbolic Play with Toys and Words
7. Agency and Experience: Actions and States in Play Narratives
Background and Design of the Study
Toward a Developmental Model for Understanding Others
Individual Differences in the Use of Social Knowledge
8. Waiting for the Birth of a Sibling: The Verbal Fantasies of a 2-Year-Old Boy
Analysis of the Data
9. Developmental Trends for Action and Speech in Pretend Play
10. The Effect of Contextual Variation on Symbolic Play: Development from 20 to 28 Months
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
12. Toddlers’ Play, Alone and With Mother: The Role of Maternal Guidance
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- © Academic Press 1984
- 28th February 1984
- Academic Press
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