Play Matters

Play Matters
Author: Miguel Sicart
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 171
Release: 2017-10-27
ISBN: 0262534517
Category: Games & Activities
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Play Matters Book Excerpt:

Why play is a productive, expressive way of being human, a form of understanding, and a fundamental part of our well-being. What do we think about when we think about play? A pastime? Games? Childish activities? The opposite of work? Think again: If we are happy and well rested, we may approach even our daily tasks in a playful way, taking the attitude of play without the activity of play. So what, then, is play? In Play Matters, Miguel Sicart argues that to play is to be in the world; playing is a form of understanding what surrounds us and a way of engaging with others. Play goes beyond games; it is a mode of being human. We play games, but we also play with toys, on playgrounds, with technologies and design. Sicart proposes a theory of play that doesn’t derive from a particular object or activity but is a portable tool for being—not tied to objects but brought by people to the complex interactions that form their daily lives. It is not separated from reality; it is part of it. It is pleasurable, but not necessarily fun. Play can be dangerous, addictive, and destructive. Along the way, Sicart considers playfulness, the capacity to use play outside the context of play; toys, the materialization of play—instruments but also play pals; playgrounds, play spaces that enable all kinds of play; beauty, the aesthetics of play through action; political play—from Maradona's goal against England in the 1986 World Cup to the hactivist activities of Anonymous; the political, aesthetic, and moral activity of game design; and why play and computers get along so well.

Early Childhood Play Matters

Early Childhood Play Matters
Author: Kathy Walker,Shona Bass
Publsiher: ACER Press
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2015-01-01
ISBN: 1742864414
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Early Childhood Play Matters Book Excerpt:

Play-based learning has long been a means of facilitating teaching and learning in the early childhood years. The Walker Learning Approach, an Australian-designed, evidence-based play pedagogy, provides a solid base and foundation for intentional and responsive teaching in the early years. The program's systems and practices support teams of early childhood educators in a consistent approach that ensures continuity and predictability for children, educators and families. Early Childhood Play Matters provides guidance and many practical ideas on implementing the Walker Learning Approach within early childhood learning practices. Topics include: Intentional teaching How to minimise time spent on planning and documentation while producing clinical and professional records How to set up open-ended play learning experiences to promote skills How to scaffold with intention and purpose for learning How to communicate effectively as an educator How to honour and build relationships with children and families. It also includes organisational ideas and resources, a full-colour section of photographs, templates for planning, assessment and reporting activities, and a bibliography for further reference. Early Childhood Play Matters concentrates on the most formative years of education (birth to six years of age), with intentional, rich and rigorous play-based opportunities for young children. It builds upon the successful work that Shona Bass and Kathy Walker have achieved in play-based curriculum in the early and primary years nationally and internationally.

Birth to Three Matters

Birth to Three Matters
Author: Lesley Abbott,Ann Langston
Publsiher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2004-12-16
ISBN: 0335223974
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Birth to Three Matters Book Excerpt:

"The quality of children's experiences, and the engagement of their parents, particularly in these early years, is critical to better outcomes that will impact on the child right into adolescence and adulthood. While we have done much to expand quantity, we also must keep working on quality. This book is a key tool for both practitioners delivering services and managers designing and commissioning them." Naomi Eisenstadt, Director, Sure Start Unit, Department for Education and Skills Birth to Three Matters is essential reading for anyone involved in providing care and education or developing policy for children between birth and three. The book: Explores the structure and content of the DfES Birth to Three Matters Framework Supports the use of the pack by providing more detail, background information, and discussion of current research and case studies in Early Years Examines a range of issues that impact on the development of quality in early years settings Features contributions from influential early years experts, many of whom were involved in the development of the Birth to Three Matters Framework Topics include national and international policy and research, practitioners, quality, anti-discriminatory practice, inclusion, safety, and training. A sound theoretical approach is supported and enhanced by a highly practical section, which links to the framework and shows how how observation, play, interaction and creativity affects work with very young children. This book supports a variety of professionals involved in the development of policy, practice and quality in early years settings, as well as students seeking to understand more about the Birth to Three Matters Framework and the issues that influence work with this age group.

Making Leisure Provision for People with Profound Learning and Multiple Disabilities

Making Leisure Provision for People with Profound Learning and Multiple Disabilities
Author: James Hogg,J. Cavet
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 267
Release: 2013-11-11
ISBN: 1489944877
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Leisure Provision for People with Profound Learning and Multiple Disabilities Book Excerpt:

Literary Liberal Entanglements

Literary   Liberal Entanglements
Author: Corrinne Harol,Mark Simpson
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 342
Release: 2017-01-01
ISBN: 1442630906
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Literary Liberal Entanglements Book Excerpt:

In Literary/Liberal Entanglements, Corrinne Harol and Mark Simpson bring together ten essays by scholars from a wide range of fields in English studies in order to interrogate the complex, entangled relationship between the history of literature and the history of liberalism. The volume has three goals: to investigate important episodes in the entanglement of literary history and liberalism; to analyze the impact of this entanglement on the secular and democratic projects of modernity; and thereby to reassess the dynamics of our neoliberal present. The volume is organized into a series of paired essays, with each pair investigating a concept central to both literature and liberalism: acting, socializing, discriminating, recounting, and culturing. Collectively, the essays demonstrate the vivid capacity of literary study writ large to reckon with, imagine, and materialize durative accounts of history and politics. Literary/Liberal Entanglements models a method of literary history for the twenty-first century.

Sherlock Holmes from Screen to Stage

Sherlock Holmes from Screen to Stage
Author: Benjamin Poore
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2017-08-24
ISBN: 1137469633
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sherlock Holmes from Screen to Stage Book Excerpt:

This book investigates the development of Sherlock Holmes adaptations in British theatre since the turn of the millennium. Sherlock Holmes has become a cultural phenomenon all over again in the twenty-first century, as a result of the television series Sherlock and Elementary, and films like Mr Holmes and the Guy Ritchie franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. In the light of these new interpretations, British theatre has produced timely and topical responses to developments in the screen Sherlocks’ stories. Moreover, stage Sherlocks of the last three decades have often anticipated the knowing, metafictional tropes employed by screen adaptations. This study traces the recent history of Sherlock Holmes in the theatre, about which very little has been written for an academic readership. It argues that the world of Sherlock Holmes is conveyed in theatre by a variety of games that activate new modes of audience engagement.

Unboxed

Unboxed
Author: Gordon Calleja
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 307
Release: 2022-10-04
ISBN: 0262370271
Category: Games & Activities
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unboxed Book Excerpt:

An in-depth exploration of the experience of playing board games and how game designers shape that experience. In Unboxed, Gordon Calleja explores the experience of playing board games and how game designers shape that experience. Calleja examines key aspects of board game experience—the nature of play, attention, rules, sociality, imagination, narrative, materiality, and immersion—to offer a theory of board game experience and a model for understanding game involvement that is relevant to the analysis, criticism, and design of board games. Drawing on interviews with thirty-two leading board game designers and critics, Calleja—himself a board game designer—provides the set of conceptual tools that board game design has thus far lacked. After considering different conceptions of play, Calleja discusses the nature and role of attention and goes on to outline the key forms of involvement that make up the board game playing experience. In subsequent chapters, Calleja explores each of these forms of involvement, considering both the experience itself and the design considerations that bring it into being. Calleja brings this analysis together in a chapter that maps how these forms of involvement come together in the moment of gameplay, and how their combination shapes the flow of player affect. By tracing the processes by which players experience these moments of rule-mediated, imagination-fueled sociality, Calleja helps us understand the richness of the gameplay experience packed into the humble board game box.

The Golden Mean

The Golden Mean
Author: James S. Hans
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 316
Release: 1994-01-01
ISBN: 9780791418314
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Golden Mean Book Excerpt:

The Golden Mean argues that our current dilemmas both inside and outside the university should prompt us to see more clearly how the aesthetic and the ethical are intrinsically related. We need to reassess their relationship to the future of our ways of thinking and the development of our communities.

Play Performance and Identity

Play  Performance  and Identity
Author: Matt Omasta,Drew Chappell
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2015-02-11
ISBN: 1317703243
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Play Performance and Identity Book Excerpt:

Play helps define who we are as human beings. However, many of the leisurely/ludic activities people participate in are created and governed by corporate entities with social, political, and business agendas. As such, it is critical that scholars understand and explicate the ideological underpinnings of played-through experiences and how they affect the player/performers who engage in them. This book explores how people play and why their play matters, with a particular interest in how ludic experiences are often constructed and controlled by the interests of institutions, including corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, religious organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Each chapter explores diverse sites of play. From theme parks to comic conventions to massively-multiplayer online games, they probe what roles the designers of these experiences construct for players, and how such play might affect participants' identities and ideologies. Scholars of performance studies, leisure studies, media studies and sociology will find this book an essential reference when studying facets of play.

The Good Life and the Greater Good in a Global Context

The Good Life and the Greater Good in a Global Context
Author: Laura Savu Walker
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2015-11-19
ISBN: 1498522335
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good Life and the Greater Good in a Global Context Book Excerpt:

The Good Life and the Greater Good in a Global Context brings together scholars working in the fields of the humanities and social sciences who critically examine the notion of the “good life,” understood in all of its dimensions—material, psychological, moral, emotional, and spiritual—and in relation to the greater good. In so doing, the authors provide interdisciplinary insights into what the good life means today and how a viable vision of it can be achieved to benefit not just individuals but our interdependent world as well.

Brainstorm

Brainstorm
Author: Eric Maisel,Ann Maisel
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2010
ISBN: 1577316215
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brainstorm Book Excerpt:

Provides advice on ways to activate one's imagination and turn the tendency to obsess into a productive and creative advantage.

Promoting Children s Wellbeing

Promoting Children s Wellbeing
Author: Collins, Janet,Foley, Pam
Publsiher: Policy Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2008-04-02
ISBN: 1847420591
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Promoting Children s Wellbeing Book Excerpt:

This title examines the wide-ranging and growing number of policies and practices which are intended to contribute to children's wellbeing.

Handbook of Research on Play Specialism Strategies to Prevent Pediatric Hospitalization Trauma

Handbook of Research on Play Specialism Strategies to Prevent Pediatric Hospitalization Trauma
Author: Perasso, Giulia,Ozturk, Yagmur
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 442
Release: 2022-10-14
ISBN: 1668450690
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Research on Play Specialism Strategies to Prevent Pediatric Hospitalization Trauma Book Excerpt:

Hospitalization can cause short-term to long-term issues to children’s biopsychosocial health. Play strategies have played a key role in preventing hospitalization trauma. Properly trained play specialists provide children with structured play activities that have proven to be effective in diminishing anxiety, depression, and negative emotions among in-patient children and their parents. These techniques are beneficial to ameliorating children’s and parents’ coping strategies and treatment compliance. However, discrepancies among countries’ healthcare systems in recognizing the value of play highlights the need for major awareness in the field. The Handbook of Research on Play Specialism Strategies to Prevent Pediatric Hospitalization Trauma spreads knowledge about the potential of playing to protect and increase children's health during hospitalization. The book focuses on play strategies counteracting pediatric patients’ trauma, anxiety, depression, and other biopsychosocial negative consequences. It discusses the rights of hospitalized children and the strengths of the play specialism approach. Covering topics such as chronically ill children, pediatric oncology, and culturally sustaining practices, this premier reference source is an excellent resource for child psychologists, psychotherapists, neuroscientists, pedagogists, psychiatrists, nurses, physicians, health sociologists, pediatricians, play specialists, students and faculty of higher education, librarians, researchers, and academicians.

The Revised EYFS in practice

The Revised EYFS in practice
Author: Ann Langston,Jonathan Doherty
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2013-05-23
ISBN: 1408193205
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Revised EYFS in practice Book Excerpt:

With the new EYFS in its infancy, this practical professional development title will take practitioners through the new policies and provide vital information and practical advice on how to implement it effectively. With their wealth of experience in the Early Years, Ann Langston and Dr Jonathan Doherty have all the expertise to make this an authoritative book that will be useful to anyone involved in Early Years education.

Evolving Images

Evolving Images
Author: Nora Glickman,Ariana Huberman
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2017-12-20
ISBN: 1477314288
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Evolving Images Book Excerpt:

Jews have always played an important role in the generation of culture in Latin America, despite their relatively small numbers in the overall population. In the early days of cinema, they served as directors, producers, screenwriters, composers, and broadcasters. As Latin American societies became more religiously open in the later twentieth century, Jewish characters and themes began appearing in Latin American films and eventually achieved full inclusion. Landmark films by Jewish directors in Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil, which are home to the largest and most influential Jewish communities in Latin America, have enjoyed critical and popular acclaim. Evolving Images is the first volume devoted to Jewish Latin American cinema, with fifteen critical essays by leading scholars from Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Israel. The contributors address transnational and transcultural issues of Jewish life in Latin America, such as assimilation, integration, identity, and other aspects of life in the Diaspora. Their discussions of films with Jewish themes and characters show the rich diversity of Jewish cultures in Latin America, as well as how Jews, both real and fictional, interact among themselves and with other groups, raising the question of how much their ethnicity may be adulterated when adopting a combined identity as Jewish and Latin American. The book closes with a groundbreaking section on the affinities between Jewish themes in Hollywood and Latin American films, as well as a comprehensive filmography.

Play Learning

Play   Learning
Author: Dorothy G. Singer,Roberta Michnick Golinkoff,Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 289
Release: 2006-08-24
ISBN: 0195304381
Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Play Learning Book Excerpt:

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Veer Ecology

Veer Ecology
Author: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen,Lowell Duckert
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 536
Release: 2017-12-15
ISBN: 1452955751
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Veer Ecology Book Excerpt:

The words most commonly associated with the environmental movement—save, recycle, reuse, protect, regulate, restore—describe what we can do to help the environment, but few suggest how we might transform ourselves to better navigate the sudden turns of the late Anthropocene. Which words can help us to veer conceptually along with drastic environmental flux? Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lowell Duckert asked thirty brilliant thinkers to each propose one verb that stresses the forceful potential of inquiry, weather, biomes, apprehensions, and desires to swerve and sheer. Each term is accompanied by a concise essay contextualizing its meaning in times of resource depletion, environmental degradation, and global climate change. Some verbs are closely tied to natural processes: compost, saturate, seep, rain, shade, sediment, vegetate, environ. Many are vaguely unsettling: drown, unmoor, obsolesce, power down, haunt. Others are enigmatic or counterintuitive: curl, globalize, commodify, ape, whirl. And while several verbs pertain to human affect and action—love, represent, behold, wait, try, attune, play, remember, decorate, tend, hope—a primary goal of Veer Ecology is to decenter the human. Indeed, each of the essays speaks to a heightened sense of possibility, awakening our imaginations and inviting us to think the world anew from radically different perspectives. A groundbreaking guide for the twenty-first century, Veer Ecology foregrounds the risks and potentialities of living on—and with—an alarmingly dynamic planet. Contributors: Stacy Alaimo, U of Texas at Arlington; Joseph Campana, Rice U; Holly Dugan, George Washington U; Lara Farina, West Virginia U; Cheryll Glotfelty, U of Nevada, Reno; Anne F. Harris, DePauw U; Tim Ingold, U of Aberdeen; Serenella Iovino, U of Turin; Stephanie LeMenager, U of Oregon; Scott Maisano, U of Massachusetts, Boston; Tobias Menely, U of California, Davis; Steve Mentz, St. John’s U; J. Allan Mitchell, U of Victoria; Timothy Morton, Rice U; Vin Nardizzi, U of British Columbia; Laura Ogden, Dartmouth College; Serpil Opperman, Hacettepe U, Ankara; Daniel C. Remein, U of Massachusetts, Boston; Margaret Ronda, U of California, Davis; Nicholas Royle, U of Sussex; Catriona Sandilands, York U; Christopher Schaberg, Loyola U; Rebecca R. Scott, U of Missouri; Theresa Shewry, U of California, Santa Barbara; Mick Smith, Queen’s U; Jesse Oak Taylor, U of Washington; Brian Thill, Golden West College; Coll Thrush, U of British Columbia, Vancouver; Cord J. Whitaker, Wellesley College; Julian Yates, U of Delaware.

Unplugged Play

Unplugged Play
Author: Bobbi Conner
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 516
Release: 2007-07-18
ISBN: 0761152725
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unplugged Play Book Excerpt:

From the joy of smearing glue on paper to the screaming delight of a bubble-blowing relay, kids love to play. In fact, it's every kid's built-in tool for experiencing the world at large. A parent-friendly encyclopedia, UNPLUGGED PLAY ("A wonderful guide," says Daniel Goleman) offers hundreds and hundreds of battery-free, screen-free, chirp-and-beep-free games and fun variations that stretch the imagination, spark creativity, building strong bodies, and forge deep friendships...and keep kids busy at the table while mom or dad makes dinner.

Writing the 10 Minute Play

Writing the 10 Minute Play
Author: Glenn Alterman
Publsiher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2013-03-01
ISBN: 0879108797
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing the 10 Minute Play Book Excerpt:

(Limelight). This book is written for the beginning or seasoned playwright, as well as for actors (or anyone) wishing to attempt their first ten-minute play. Every aspect of writing a ten-minute play is covered, from perking with an idea, to starting the play, to developing it, to effective rewriting, to completing it, even to how to get the most out of readings of your play once you've finished it. Writing the 10-Minute Play also reveals the best ways to market your play and includes an extensive listing of ten-minute play contests. The guide contains many in-depth interviews with international playwrights who have had substantial success with their ten-minute plays, as well as publishers of ten-minute plays and producers of ten-minute play festivals. Included as well are several award-winning ten-minute plays, followed by a discussion by the respective playwrights on how they went about creating their play, from start to finish. The final chapter offers tips and suggestions from artistic directors of ten-minute play festivals and from well-known playwrights whose ten-minute plays have received awards and publishing deals.

The State of Play

The State of Play
Author: Daniel Goldberg
Publsiher: Seven Stories Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2015-10-20
ISBN: 1609806409
Category: Games & Activities
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The State of Play Book Excerpt:

FEATURING: IAN BOGOST - LEIGH ALEXANDER - ZOE QUINN - ANITA SARKEESIAN & KATHERINE CROSS - IAN SHANAHAN - ANNA ANTHROPY - EVAN NARCISSE - HUSSEIN IBRAHIM - CARA ELLISON & BRENDAN KEOGH - DAN GOLDING - DAVID JOHNSTON - WILLIAM KNOBLAUCH - MERRITT KOPAS - OLA WIKANDER The State of Play is a call to consider the high stakes of video game culture and how our digital and real lives collide. Here, video games are not hobbies or pure recreation; they are vehicles for art, sex, and race and class politics. The sixteen contributors are entrenched—they are the video game creators themselves, media critics, and Internet celebrities. They share one thing: they are all players at heart, handpicked to form a superstar roster by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, the authors of the bestselling Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything. The State of Play is essential reading for anyone interested in what may well be the defining form of cultural expression of our time. "If you want to explain to anyone why videogames are worth caring about, this is a single volume primer on where we are, how we got here and where we're going next. In every way, this is the state of play." —Kieron Gillen, author of The Wicked + the Divine, co-founder of Rock Paper Shotgun