ERIC Number: ED332800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-14
Reference Count: N/A
Naturalistic Study of the Literate Behaviors of 4-Year-Old Children Occurring during Spontaneous Play in the Hollow Block Area of a Preschool Classroom.
Allgeier, Ivy Lynn
The play activity of 20 children was videotaped and annotated. The children were questioned about their play and artifacts of the play were collected. Data revealed a qualitative organization similar to a hierarchy. This structure reflected themes, domains of literate behavior, functions, and skills. A vignette of an episode of spontaneous play is offered as an illustration of the process used to analyze the play. It is concluded that: (1) literate behavior involves the union of domains of behavior, function, skill, and knowledge; (2) spontaneous play with hollow blocks provides children with opportunities to engage in literate behaviors; and (3) play contexts influence children's specific literate behaviors. The conclusion indicates that hollow blocks should be established as part of the preschool curriculum. A bibliography of 15 items, and copies of the children's artifacts made during spontaneous play, are included. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Blocks; Child Behavior; Literacy Events
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, February 14, 1991).