Learning to play and playing to learn: the role of symbolic play in language acquisition
Theory in developmental psychology has long recognised commonalities between symbolic play and language, yet approaches differ in the importance they assign to the role of symbolic play in language acquisition (e.g., constructivist theory, Piaget, 1962; socio-cultural theory, Vygotsky, 1978). This thesis examines the nature of the relationship between the two domains in early childhood, with a focus on whether the context of symbolic play provides a fertile context for language development...[Show more]
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