SpringerBriefs in Computer Science

Physical Play and Children’s Digital Games

Authors: Madej, Krystina

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Play engages humans cognitively, emotionally, and physically at all ages. Using a historical framework, and focusing on play as represented by material artifacts such as toys and games, this book explores play as a form of somatic engagement that reflects cultural attitudes about development and learning as these have evolved over time in western culture. Theorists in the twentieth century such as Klein and Winnicott, Huizinga and Callois, Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsy brought different perspectives to our understanding of play’s role in our society. In particular, Vygotsky’s theories about process provide insight into how children attend to learning and assimilate new information. The increasing use of digital media as both an entertainment and learning environment at ever-younger ages, is generating new discussions about the nature and value of play in children’s development, in particular, physical, or somatic play.
The emphasis on games intended for children necessitates a discussion of the cognitive, behavioral, and neuroscience that supports play activities and physical engagement as a crucial aspect of development. The book then looks at the trajectory of digital games in contemporary culture and explores whether these artifacts (whether intended for learning or entertainment) have extended or are curtailing boundaries of somatic engagement. Finally, the book discusses alternative play and game design and, speculates on the future of new media play artifacts.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
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Softcover $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-42874-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physical Play and Children’s Digital Games
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Computer Science
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42875-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42875-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-42874-1
Series ISSN
2191-5768
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 89
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
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