Play's Role in Childhood Development: An Analysis of the Psychological and Sociological Research
VanAusdall, Julia Louise
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The following research looks at the different types of play and how they foster development in children from birth to grade school age. This research focuses on how the different types of play allow children to learn about their environment and gain an understanding of what it means to be a social being. This research not only looks as the psychological research but also the sociological research of George Herbert Mead and discusses how each adds to the understanding of child development. It concludes by looking at the ways in which when added together, psychological and sociological research can benefit parents and teachers understandings of how to aid children in development. It also looks at the ways that pop culture is moving children away from the types of play that are so instrumental for their development.