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Playing at School: An Inquiry Approach to Using an Experiential Play Lab in an Early Childhood Teacher Education Course
This study aimed to document and analyze what happens when an experiential play lab is implemented in an early childhood teacher education program. The findings reveal that students made many more references to play in their defense of developmentally appropriate practices following the play lab, and the reasons they gave for the importance of play in early childhood classrooms became more diverse. The students’ responses also expanded to include the power of play to promote engagement.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2018
Exploring Early Childhood Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices About Preschool Outdoor Play: A Qualitative Study
This case study examined how early childhood teachers’ beliefs and practices influence the function of preschool outdoor play. Teachers’ perceptions about outdoor play included the theme of outdoor play opportunities afforded children on the playground. Additional teachers’ perceptions included barriers to outdoor play and teacher preparation and planning for the outdoor environment.The early childhood teachers at the center believed that supervision is paramount during children’s outdoor play. The teachers viewed their primary responsibility outdoors as keeping the children safe and providing guidance, yet allowing children to play without teacher intrusion. Furthermore, teachers perceived that outdoor play opportunities were limited due to the physical space and the fixed equipment outdoors.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2016
Creating Inclusive, Literacy-Embedded Play Centers in a Children’s Museum: Connecting Theory to Practice
This article discusses how preservice teachers connected theory to practice in a service learning project that provided an additional field opportunity. Through this experience, teacher candidates connected theory to practice by creating inclusive, literacy-embedded play centers (LEPC) for a local children’s museum. This study describes how the preservice teachers designed and developed LEPC in a community setting while reflecting upon the connections made between theory and practice. Specifically, they were able to name and describe the domains of learning, aspects of play, and principles of inclusive, literacy-embedded play centers.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2014
This article aims to describe two studies that examined the effects of training and coaching on preservice teachers’ implementation of an intervention focused on teaching play to young children with disabilities. The results indicated that didactic training alone was not associated with changes in teacher behaviors. However, training plus coaching resulted in teachers’ increased use of the intervention package. Child pretend play behaviors also were examined in Study II and increased with the teachers’ high-fidelity use of the intervention.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2014
The author suggests that educators of preservice teachers begin to employ insights gained from the Gardner’s Five Minds for the Future. In order to show relationships between early childhood play and Gardner’s theory, the author crafted the framework. This framework takes into account both artistic and scientific aspects of the mind. The article describes each mind as interpreted from Gardner, and explores the implications for the instruction of preservice teachers. The author concludes that recognizing the importance of play, as captured within Gardner’s Five Minds for the Future, allows us to acknowledge that play is a meaningful and necessary feature in the contexts of school, and ultimately in the lives of the nation’s school children.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2013
The paper describes how field studies can be useful in teacher education. Students teachers participated in a specialty area called Play, learning and development. During this activity, the student teachers collected data about their own and young children's experience and perception of the outdoor environment. The results showed that the student teachers were positive about the involvement of children, teachers, and parents in the data collection process. They also perceived that their knowledge had increased about children's ways of using the outdoor space.
Updated: May. 28, 2013
The Multiple Meanings of Play: Exploring Preservice Teachers' Beliefs About a Central Element of Early Childhood Education
This study investigates preservice teachers' beliefs about what constitutes play. Research for this study focused on 7 preservice teachers enrolled in an early childhood through Grade 4 practicum course at a small private university in south central Texas.
Updated: Sep. 23, 2012