ERIC Number: ED162733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
SPAN Playgroups for Geographically Isolated Pre-School Children: Theoretical Basis and Strategies.
Ashby, Gerald; And Others
This report reviews research related to effects of the amount and quality of early peer group interaction on the social and cognitive development of young children and briefly describes a preschool playgroup program for geographically isolated Australian families. Research suggests that children from isolated rural areas may perform more poorly academically and socially partly because of lack of a readily accessible peer group with whom to engage in sociodramatic play. To further facilitate their children's development, parents of children enrolled in a preschool correspondence program are encouraged to form playgroups with other parents of preschool children in their area. Child-centered and parent-centered objectives of the preschool playgroups are listed. Directions for program support activities are suggested. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensland Dept. of Education, Brisbane (Australia).