The False Choice Between Play and Learning
Podcast - Among early learning advocates, the fate of play continues to be hotly debated. To learn more about the relationship between play and learning, the New America Foundation invited Annie Murphy Paul--journalist, author and mother of young children--to talk about what she has uncovered in the reporting of her forthcoming book, Brilliant: The New Science of Smart.
The podcast also explores recent research on play-oriented learning by Alison Gopnik, a psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley, and her colleagues, how play-based activities can help teachers meet early learning guidelines and standards, and different kinds of play, including the importance of unstructured play in the afternoons and weekends when young children are out of school. Listen to podcast.