ERIC Number: ED254330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
A Program of Curriculum Oriented Directed Play to Enhance Developmental Maturity in Kindergarten Children.
A practicum was conducted to address the needs of teachers and administrators in Pasco County, Florida to provide programs for kindergarten children who were developmentally younger than their chronological 5 years of age. The program goal was to increase the maturity of at least one developmental behavior in each child by at least 80 percent; judgments were made on the basis of questionnaire responses of teachers, teacher aides, and parents. Curriculum-oriented directed play was chosen as the solution to the local problem. Twenty kindergarten children, grouped homogeneously by birthday, were taught various methods of interaction in sociodramatic play. Instruction followed locally mandated curriculum guidelines. Specifically, a part of the daily kindergarten curriculum was adjusted to allow for two periods of imaginative sociodramatic play. Play centers were established within the classroom, various themes were introduced with props in each center, and various role-playing techniques were modeled. A total of 90 percent of all questionnaire respondents indicated behavioral growth on at least one item. As compared with teachers, parents rated their children higher on all items before the commencement of the program; these higher ratings resulted in their noting fewer specific items of improvement at the end of the program. Teacher aides indicated more responses in the category of child-child relationships and teacher-child relationships than did parents and teachers. Parents' responses were higher than those of the two other groups in the areas of thought and language, and values of time. (Appendices include a copy of the parent and teacher aide interview questionnaire, a description of the main staging areas for the sociodramatic play centers, a sample daily schedule, a sample monthly peer tutoring report, and results of the questionnaire.) (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.