ERIC Number: ED327310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Creating Positive Parental Perceptions about Play in a Developmental Kindergarten.
A kindergarten teacher implemented and evaluated a practicum intervention designed to develop positive attitudes among 122 parents concerning their children's learning through play in developmental kindergarten and pre-first grade programs. Teachers reported that parents did not appreciate the benefits of learning through play, and preferred structured academic learning. Play education workshops for parents and a newsletter focusing on play were developed. The four workshops were presented by guest speakers and focused on the topics of: (1) play in learning; (2) the use of critical thinking in play; (3) the importance of playing outside for children's learning; and (4) the use of play in the first grade classroom. Published monthly, the newsletters included articles on play in the classroom, play activities for the home, suggestions for parents about literature on play, and a problem-solving section that enabled parents to ask questions about their children. Evaluation data indicated that the implementation strategy successfully created positive parental perceptions about play. Appendices provide transcripts of interviews, questionnaires and item data, and sample newsletters. Citations number 42. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.