My Reading List

Bibliography (The purple ones are my favorites!)

Accardi, Maria, Emily Drabinski, and Alana Kumbier. Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods. Library Juice Press, 2010. Print.
Brown, Stuart L. . Intelligence of Play. Film.
—. Stuart Brown Says Play is More Than Fun. Film.
—. “Through the Lens of Play.” ReVision 17.4 (1995): 4. Print.
Brown, Stuart L, and Christopher C. Vaughan. Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. New York: Avery, 2009. Print.
An outstanding primer on play written by Brown, a doctor, psychiatrist and researcher. If you want to gain a better understanding of play READ THIS BOOK…You know, if you want. 🙂
Caine, Renate N, and Geoffrey Caine. Natural Learning for a Connected World: Education, Technology, and the Human Brain. New York: Teachers College, 2011. Print.
Focused on K-12, but delves deeply into physiology, psychology and emotional aspects of how children learn, and offers an innovative and thoughtful approach to how schools could be re-made.
Doherty, John. “No Shhing: Giving Voice to the Silenced: An Essay in Support of Critical Information Literacy.” Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal) (2007): n. pag.
Donaldson, O. Fred. Playing by Heart: The Vision and Practice of Belonging. 2nd ed. Health Communications Inc., 1993. Print.
Where my journey as an adult into the world of play began. Donaldson takes a very human and holistic view of play rather than an academic view. Outstanding work.
Gage, Ryan. “Henry Giroux’s Abandoned Generation & Critical Librarianship: A Review Articles.” Progressive Librarian Spring 2004 : 65–74. Print.
Göncü, Artin, and Anthony Perone. “Pretend Play as a Life-span Activity.” Topoi 24.2 (2005): 137-47. Print.
From the abstract: “Arguing against the dominant developmental theories stating that pretend play is limited to early childhood, we illustrate that pretend play is an adaptive human activity of adulthood as well as childhood.” An important study, one of few that touches on this topic.
Greenberg, Daniel. A New Look at Schools. Framingham, MA: Sudbury Valley School Press, 1992. Print.
One of the many books available on the Sudbury Valley School model, an alternative to K-12. This one gives a nice historical overview of the philosophical and cultural underpinnings of public education in the U.S. If you want a nice overview of Sudbury try The Sudbury Valley School Experience.
Harris, Pauline, and John Daley. “Exploring the Contribution of Play to Social Capital in Institutional Adult Learning Settings.” Australian Journal of Adult Learning 48.1 (2008): 50-70. ERIC. Web.
hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Routledge, 1994. Print.
Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.” Web. 20 Dec. 2011.
James, Elmborg. “Critical Information Literacy: Implications for Instructional Practice.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 32.2 (2006): 192–199. Web. 5 Jan. 2012.
Kincheloe, Joe. Critical Pedagogy Primer. New York: P. Lang, 2004.
Kohn, Alfie. What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated?: And More Essays on Standards, Grading, and Other Follies. Beacon Press, 2004. Print.
Kohn takes on many issues that many in the U.S. take for granted as essential to learning: that competition is healthy, that children and students should be controlled through the use of rewards and punishments, and that grades are a necessary component of education. Although he doesn’t use the word “play” very often, his writings are very pertinent to any discussion of learning.
Linn, Susan. The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World. New Press, 2008. Print.
I haven’t focused on this title because Linn is so exclusively focused on young children. A typical view for many who write about play. There seems to be a stigma associated with extending play into adulthood and especially into educational institutions. Still an interesting book!
Melamed, Lanie. “The Role of Play in Adult Learning.” In Appreciating Adults Learning: From the Learners’ Perspective. Eds. David Boud and Virginia Griffin. London: Kogan Page, 1987. 13-24. Print.
Excellent essay. I breathed a sigh of relief when I read the first line, as I felt I was no longer alone in the universe! “If play is a major vehicle for children’s social and intellectual development, why is it so denigrated in traditional institutions of higher learning?” Melamed bases her findings on extended interviews with a small group of women.
O’Rourke, Deb. “Letting the Child Work: Real Learning, Real Play in School.” Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning 6.12 (2012): 30-52. Web. July 2012.
O’Rourke focused on unschooling and free schools in looking at play-as-learning, using observation and case studies to support her argument that play is “not only a pleasure but a necessity for growth, learning and mental health.”
Partanen, Anu. “What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success.” The Atlantic. 29 Dec. 2011. Web. 9 Jan. 2012.
Finland schools (K-12 again) focus on equity, make almost no use of standardized testing, and adapt to the needs of students.
Patterson, David. “Information Literacy and Community College Students: Using New Approaches to Literacy Theory to Produce Equity.” Library Quarterly 79.3 (2009): 343–361. Print.
Pearce, Joseph Chilton. Magical Child. Plume, 1992. Print.
—. Play is Learning. Film.
Watch the short film above. If you dig it, you will love his book as well. Pearce views people as more than just intellects in a body.
Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us. New York, NY: Riverhead, 2009. Print.
Motivation is the key word here. Pink manages to be critical of our cultural assumptions about motivation and stay positive at the same time. A fascinating, quick read. Although he’s heavy on business applications, he also gives ample attention to the worlds of education and family life.
Sheehan, George. Running and Being: The Total Experience. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978. Print.
A lovely book. Sheehan’s love of running is the theme that runs through all these essays, but his wisdom can be applied to anything worth doing. Sheehan limited himself too much by looking at play only through games and sports.
Wang, Li. “Sociocultural Learning Theories and Information Literacy Teaching Activities in Higher Education.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 47.2 (2007): 149–158. Print.

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