[xmca] Special issue on play: CALL FOR PAPERS

From: Mike Cole <lchcmike who-is-at gmail.com>
Date: Sun Apr 01 2007 - 10:02:43 PDT

*Dear Colleagues-- For background on this thread of interest I recommend
that you check out archived papers for discussion, especially those posted
in in 2005. They can be found at http://lchc.ucsd.edu/MCA/Paper/index.html.*




*Call for Papers*

*Mind, Cultural, and Activity: An International Journal invites
contributions for a special issue: *

 *Playworlds of Children and Adults: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Play

One of the core issues in developmental theories over the last two centuries
has been the role of play in both the evolutionary development of species
and the ontological development of individuals. How might we theorize play
when it does not seem to directly lead to consequences that apparently
ensure survival or bring about other provisions affecting livelihood? While
some CHAT theorists see play as the leading developmental activity in early
childhood (e.g., El'konin, 1971), others have questioned the cultural and
historical universality of this claim (e.g., Goncu, 1999). Vygotsky
specifically discusses the role of play in human development in an essay
(published in "Mind and Society, 1978) where he argues that play creates a
zone of proximal development (ZOPED) and that "in play a child is always
above his average age, above his daily behavior; in play it is as though he
were a head taller than himself" (Vygotsky, 1978, p. 102). Vygotsky also
specifically emphasizes, "though the play-development relationship can be
compared to the instruction-development relationship, play provides a
much wider background for changes in needs and in consciousness" (Vygotsky,
1978, p.102). Despite this, there has not been much additional empirical
work examining what these wider effects are and how and under what
circumstances play creates a zone of proximal development.
One exception to this is the work of Gunilla Lindqvist (1995, 1996, 2001).
Lindqvist (1996) grounds the educational approach of play pedagogy in a
lesser known work of Vygotsky, entitled "Imagination and creativity in
childhood" (Vygotsky, 1930/2004). She embraces Vygotsky's cultural approach
to children's play and argues for a play-based pedagogy an approach in
which adults actively and jointly participate in children's play. In a
practical realization of this approach, Lindqvist and her students worked
together with 3- to 8-year-old children to create Playworlds, an educational
practice that includes adult-child joint pretense and dramatization of a
text from children's literature, and visual art production.

We invite proposals that examine implementations of Playworld and other play
pedagogy-based educational practices across different cultural and
linguistic educational settings.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Playworlds as cultural-historical, and activity theoretical objects
of analysis.

Theoretical and practical implications of cross-cultural variations
in the implementation of Playworld practice.

How Playworlds contribute to learning and development. The role of
play in human development.

Playworlds as productive pedagogy. How Playworlds function
differently from other interventions designed to support interactions with
literature and cultural narratives.

Playworld practice and the zone proximal development.

Playworlds and the relationships between fantasy and reality; play
and art.

Playworlds and educational policy or cultural movements.

Playworlds as research methodology. Ways to study Playworld practice
and ways to study *through* Playworld practice.

Playworlds across the lifespan. Adult engagement in Playworlds.

Playworld pedagogy for formal and informal contexts.

Deadline for submission of papers is 31 October 2007. Please send papers via
email to Sonja Baumer (sbaumer@gmail.com) AND Kristen Radsliff Clark (
kristen@webleaf.com). Queries are welcome (sbaumer@gmail.com). Manuscripts
should be 15 to 25 pages in length and prepared according to the Publication
Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th Ed.). All text,
including indented matter, footnotes, and references, should be typed
double-spaced on 8 x 11 in. paper. The number and length of footnotes
should be kept to a minimum. Footnotes should be numbered serially and
included after the references in the text. All figures must be camera ready.
All submissions will be blind reviewed. To facilitate the blind reviewing, a
separate cover page with the title, author's name, affiliation, electronic
mail address, and telephone and fax numbers must accompany each manuscript.
This information should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript. Mind,
Culture, and Activity Journal is published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Sonja Baumer
Institute for the Study of Social Change
University of California, Berkeley,
2420 Bowditch Street #5670
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670

Kristen Radsliff Clark
Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition
and Department of Communication
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive; La Jolla, CA 92093-0092
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