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ARCE, Alessandra. Play and child development in activity theory and Friedrich Froebel's educational thought. Cad. CEDES [online]. 2004, vol.24, n.62, pp. 9-25. ISSN 0101-3262.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-32622004000100002.

This article presents a theoretical comparative study of the pedagogy developed by Friedrich Froebel versus activity theory (Leontyev, Elkonin and Vygotsky) concerning play and child development. While both approaches consider play as a very important activity in a child's development, they differ in their view of the meaning of play within the context of the individual formation process. This divergence is a consequence of opposing conceptions of the relationship between human nature and history.

Keywords : Play; Froebel; Elkonin; Leontyev; Activity theory.

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