Imagination and Play in the Electronic Age

Author: Dorothy G Singer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674043693
Format: PDF
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Television, video games, and computers are easily accessible to twenty-first-century children, but what impact do they have on creativity and imagination? In this book, two wise and long-admired observers of children's make-believe look at the cognitive and moral potential--and concern--created by electronic media.

Play Learning

Author: Dorothy Singer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019804142X
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In Play=Learning, top experts in child development and learning contend that in over-emphasizing academic achievement, our culture has forgotten about the importance of play for children's development.

Imagination Meditation and Cognition in the Middle Ages

Author: Michelle Karnes
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226425339
Format: PDF
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In Imagination, Meditation, and Cognition in the Middle Ages, Michelle Karnes revises the history of medieval imagination with a detailed analysis of its role in the period’s meditations and theories of cognition. Karnes here understands imagination in its technical, philosophical sense, taking her cue from Bonaventure, the thirteenth-century scholastic theologian and philosopher who provided the first sustained account of how the philosophical imagination could be transformed into a devotional one. Karnes examines Bonaventure’s meditational works, the Meditationes vitae Christi, the Stimulis amoris, Piers Plowman, and Nicholas Love’s Myrrour, among others, and argues that the cognitive importance that imagination enjoyed in scholastic philosophy informed its importance in medieval meditations on the life of Christ. Emphasizing the cognitive significance of both imagination and the meditations that relied on it, she revises a long-standing association of imagination with the Middle Ages. In her account, imagination was not simply an object of suspicion but also a crucial intellectual, spiritual, and literary resource that exercised considerable authority.

Play Learning

Author: Dorothy G. Singer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195304381
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Presenting an argument about the long-term effects of play, this work urges researchers and practitioners to reconsider the ways play facilitates development across domains. It provides children with the opportunity to maximize their attention spans, learn to get along with peers, and cultivate their creativity.

Imagine Childhood

Author: Sarah Olmsted
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1590309707
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A treasury of crafts and activities celebrates the wonders and adventures of childhood with options designed to enhance a child's interactions with the world, suggesting a range of imaginary play and exploration games, including several outdoor ideas. Original.

Worlding

Author: David Trend
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317248694
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Worlding brings ideas about "virtual" places and societies together with perceptions about the "real" world in an era of mounting global uncertainty. As mass media and the Internet consume ever-increasing portions of our lives, are we becoming disengaged from face-to-face human interaction and real-world concerns? Or is the virtual world actually bringing people closer together and making them more involved with social issues? Worlding argues that the "virtual" and the "real" are profoundly interconnected, often in ways we don't fully appreciate. Drawing on sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, media analysis, and technology studies, Worlding makes the argument that virtual experience and social networking can be vital links to utopian visions and an appreciation of the world's diversity.

Encouraging Your Child s Imagination

Author: Carol E. Bouzoukis
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1442212896
Format: PDF, Docs
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Encouraging Your Child's Imagination: A Guide and Stories for Playacting is a guide to creating simple dramas with young children. Written especially for parents, daycare providers, librarians, educators, and youth leaders, Bouzoukis recounts familiar fables for reading aloud that anyone can recreate in their living room, Sunday school class or community center to revitalize our children’s imaginations.

The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Imagination

Author: Marjorie Taylor
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199909199
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Children are widely celebrated for their imaginations, but developmental research on this topic has often been fragmented or narrowly focused on fantasy. However, there is growing appreciation for the role that imagination plays in cognitive and emotional development, as well as its link with children's understanding of the real world. With their imaginations, children mentally transcend time, place, and/or circumstance to think about what might have been, plan and anticipate the future, create fictional relationships and worlds, and consider alternatives to the actual experiences of their lives. The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Imagination provides a comprehensive overview of this broad new perspective by bringing together leading researchers whose findings are moving the study of imagination from the margins of mainstream psychology to a central role in current efforts to understand human thought. The topics covered include fantasy-reality distinctions, pretend play, magical thinking, narrative, anthropomorphism, counterfactual reasoning, mental time travel, creativity, paracosms, imaginary companions, imagination in non-human animals, the evolution of imagination, autism, dissociation, and the capacity to derive real life resilience from imaginative experiences. Many of the chapters include discussions of the educational, clinical, and legal implications of the research findings and special attention is given to suggestions for future research.

Healing Stories

Author: Jacqueline Golding
Publisher: M. Evans
ISBN: 146173388X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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With over 500 hand-picked titles, Healing Stories recommends carefully selected books essential for any adult looking to help children cope with their growing pains through reading. Annotated with helpful commentary, these titles cover everything from kids' everyday trials (losing baby teeth, starting school, having a bad day) to more emotionally stressful events (death of a pet, moving, illness), giving adults all the information they need to choose the right books. Also features useful tips to make reading fun and helpful for both adults and children. For more information, visit the Healing Stories Web site.