ERIC Number: ED329896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Literacy Objects as Cultural Tools: Effects on Children's Literacy Behaviors in Play.
Neuman, Susan B.; Roskos, Kathy
A study examined the effects of literacy-enriched play settings on preschoolers' literacy behaviors in spontaneous free play. Subjects were 91 children, ages 3-5, from 2 urban day care centers. Prior to, and following the intervention, the frequency of each child's handling, reading and writing behaviors in play was assessed through direct observation. Videotaped samples of play areas, collected throughout the study, examined the nature of children's play themes and their uses of literacy objects in play. Following baseline observations, the physical environment of one of the day care centers was enriched with literacy objects in three distinct play centers: kitchen, office, and library. Significant differences were recorded for the experimental group in the frequency, duration, and complexity of literacy demonstrations in play. Further, children in the experimental group incorporated literacy objects in more diverse and functional ways in their play using more explicit language than the control group. Findings suggests that, with literacy-enriched settings, play may become an increasingly important context for children to discover and explore the nature of written language. (Seven tables of data and 4 figures are included; 45 references are attached.) (Author/MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Literacy Events; Play Centers; Play Learning; Play Materials
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (40th, Miami, FL, November 27-December 1, 1990). Project supported by an Elva Knight Research Grant awarded through the International Reading Association.