‘Play in Education’ Series:
Free to Learn! Master Talk
(For parents and people who are interested in ‘Play in Learning’)
“Play” is a word that we use commonly to refer to children’s preferred activities and to some adult activities. But what, really, is play? In this talk Prof. Gray will define play as activity that is (1) self-chosen and self-directed; (2) motivated by means more than ends; (3) guided by mental rules; (4) includes a strong element of imagination; and (5) is conducted in an alert, active, but relatively non-stressed frame of mind. He will describe these characteristics and show how each of them contributes to play’s educational and developmental value. He will explain why play came about, in natural selection, to promote children’s healthy physical, intellectual, social, moral, and emotional growth and will describe the psychological detriments that have accompanied the decline of play in recent decades.
Professor Peter Gray
Research Professor of Psychology, Boston College
What Exactly is Play, and Why Is It Such a Powerful Vehicle for Learning?
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