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Superhero Play in the Early Childhood Classroom: Issues in Banning Play from the Classroom

July 12, 2017
Early Childhood News
Brenda J. Boyd, Ph.D.

Evidence shows that children and teachers have differing perspectives on "play fighting" and "aggression." Smith and Lewis (1985) showed tapes of play encounters to preschool children, their teacher and assistant teacher. The children were more likely to agree with each other or with an objective observer than with their teachers in assessing behavior as play or aggression, suggesting that teachers rely on some perspective not shared by children and other non-teaching adults.

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