Date of Award

Summer 1974

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Dupuis, A. M.

Second Advisor

Nader, Charles

Third Advisor

Collins, Peter M.


This study is a historical and analytical investigation of various concepts of play, playfulness, and relationships between play and work. A synergetic relationship between playfulness and work is described. The science curriculum of the elementary- school is examined in a historical perspective to determine its potential for nurturing this relationship. A program whose learning cycle and curricular design provide an environment which nurtures the synergetic relationship between playfulness and work is the Science Curriculum Improvement Study. The writer advises the reader to recall the differences in orientation of the various individuals considered in the study regarding their interpretations of the nature of man, the nature of knowledge and how one knows. It has not been deemed feasible, insofar as that would be possible, to investigate these differences in light of the scope of this study.



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