ERIC Number: ED122974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Educational Play: A Definition for Applied Research.
Gehlbach, Roger D.
This paper attempts to justify the need for research and development in the area of systematic design of genuinely instructional play activities. A discussion of why free play should not be included in curriculum plans is presented as well as a brief discussion of the political problems of including fully educational play as an instructional tool. It is suggested that most teachers of young children do not acknowledge a distinction between educational play and ordinary play, insisting instead that "all" play is learning. It is also argued that the playing-is-learning maxim does not change the common sense in realizing that all play activities are not of equal value or priority for curriculum design, that some promote more desirable learning than others or promote it more efficiently than others. A functional system composed of player, play materials, and play environment is proposed as a conceptual basis for research directed at modifying existing play activities and designing new ones. (JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)