Observing development of the play system through block play

[Speaker] Aoyama, Kei:1
1:University of Tokyo (Japan)

This longitudinal study examined the development of the play system from the perspective of regulatoryprocesses. Reed (1982, 1996) proposed the action-system theory. Based on his theoretical framework, systematic and developmental studies on some systems have been conducted (e.g., Goldfield, 1994). However, despite the importance of the play system on behavioral development and child's everyday life, few studies have examined it. One of the difficulties is that, unlike other action systems, the play system does not appear to have any particular function, and it seems to be an activity for its own sake. Therefore, our study focused on the regulatory processes of each act in play and described the change they underwent.
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