For over two decades I have attempted to explain the cultural basis of children's play in several of my published papers. A consistent message is that a consideration of the cultural foundations of play is necessary if we are to more fully understand the meaning of different play activities for children's intellectual and social development (see Roopnarine, 2011). Collectively, these accounts are largely descriptive and provide evidence that parents hold different beliefs about the value of play for childhood development and also that the rates at which children engage in different modes of play vary considerably. The majority of this research has been conducted in technologically developed societies. In this essay, I introduce cultural constructs (e.g., parental ethnotheories, physical settings, practices) that have guided my work on play and culture before proceeding to a discussion of parental beliefs about play and parent–child play across cultures.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
- Developmental and Educational Psychology