Play in American Life

Essays in Honor of Joe L. Frost

by Mary Ruth Moore & Constance Sabo-Risley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/16/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781480839977
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781480839984
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781480839991

About the Book

With growing numbers of children living in poverty and standardized tests becoming increasingly important, there’s never been a better time for a volume of essays on the value of play in mental and emotional development.

Mary Ruth Moore and Constance Sabo-Risley honor and build upon the work of Joe L. Frost, the father of play advocacy, in this essential resource for educators, parents, and anyone concerned about the future of our children.

The essays examine play in America from historical, psychological, economic, and other perspectives, focusing on why we should worry about children playing less than they did twenty years ago, the benefits of letting children play without constant supervision, how playing can promote a love of nature, and the importance of risk assessment in play.

Specific articles include: “A Place for Play in the Liberal Arts,” by Michael J. Bell; “Play Deprivation,” by Stuart Brown; “Caretakers of Wonder” by Vivien Geneser; and “Social Media as a 21st Century Playground” by Stephanie Grote-Garcia, Tammy Francis Donaldson, Olive Kajoina, and Norman St. Clair. Several other authors also contribute articles to this well-researched book.

Pay tribute to one of early childhood education’s most important pioneers, and discover the valuable benefits of Play in American Life.

About the Author

Mary Ruth Moore earned her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied under Joe L. Frost. A nationally known early childhood play advocate, she and Constance Sabo-Risley are colleagues at The University of the Incarnate Word Dreeben School of Education, where they work with preservice teachers.