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A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Laura E, Berk, and Dorothy Singer


Efforts to give preschool children a head start on academic skills like reading and mathematics instead rob them of play time both at home and school. Indeed, the scientific evidence suggests that eliminating play from the lives of children is taking preschool education in the wrong direction. This brief but compelling book provides a strong counterargument to the rising tide of didactic instruction on preschool classrooms. The book presents scientific evidence in support of three points: children need both unstructured free time and playful learning under the gentle guidance of adults to best ... More

Keywords: play time, academic skills, preschool children, academic learning, playful learning, lifelong learning, social development, didactic instruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195382716
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, author

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, author

Laura E, Berk, author