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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (122 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vivian Gussin Paley Narrator: Beth Richmond Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The buzz word in education today is accountability. But the federal mandate of no child left behind has come to mean curriculums driven by preparation for standardized tests and quantifiable learning results. Even for very young children, unstructured creative time in the classroom is waning as teachers and administrators are under growing pressures to measure school readiness through rote learning and increased homework.

In her new book, Vivian Gussin Paley decries this rapid disappearance of creative time and makes the case for the critical role of fantasy play in the psychological, intellectual, and social development of young children.

A Child's Work goes inside classrooms around the globe to explore the stunningly original language of children in their role-playing and storytelling. Drawing from their own words, Paley examines how this natural mode of learning allows children to construct meaning in their worlds, meaning that carries through into their adult lives. Proof that play is the work of children, this compelling and enchanting book will inspire and instruct teachers and parents, as well as point to a fundamental misdirection in today's educational programs and strategies.The book is published by The University of Chicago Press.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jamie | 9/9/2012

    " Very worthwhile read. I loved the stories and really learned from them. Can't wait to read more Paley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 3/8/2012

    " A quick read and an important reminder to get back to the basics in the classroom: a child's work is play. We learn best by doing, so let children learn by what they do best. Okay, I'm stepping down from my soapbox now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katy | 12/19/2011

    " I really enjoy Paley's writing and agree with her perspectives. This book is especially poingant as I have a kidergartener in public schools. I wish the legislators would read this book before they reevaluate no child left behind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 9/17/2011

    " I read portions of this book for a class. Very informative and thought provoking, though Paley uses personal narrative to illustrate her point more than anything else (i.e. scientific research). However, it serves its purpose well. "

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