ERIC Number: ED332803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationship between Children's Play Patterns and Types of Teacher Intervention.
Shin, Eunsoo; Spodek, Bernard
The relationship between children's play patterns and types of teacher intervention were studied in four preschool play settings. Subjects were preschool head teachers and children in 10 preschools. Each classroom was observed during the free play period on five consecutive days. Children's play behaviors were coded according to 12 categories of social-cognitive play. Play areas were coded according to four types and teachers' interventions were categorized into nine types. The most frequent interventions in the social play categories occurred for solitary play. There were no differences between frequency and type of intervention for boys or girls. The most frequent interventions in the cognitive categories occurred for constructive play. Different intervention patterns were used in each of the four play areas. The teachers intervened in the art play area most often and in dramatic play least often. Results indicated that children's play was influenced by teachers' intervention. To maintain educational play, teachers should seek an optimal level of intervention in children's play. A list of 36 references is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Play Learning
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).