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ERIC Number: ED355492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Dramatic Play and Literacy in a Head Start Classroom.
Walker, Carolyn Ann
A qualitative study investigated one group of non-mainstream (low socioeconomic status) children's use of literacy materials during their free play. Subjects, 17 children, one teacher, and one assistant teacher in one session of a Head Start located in the downtown of a small midwestern city, were observed during seven free play periods over 5 months. Data included observations, field notes, interviews, audiotapes, and videotapes. Observations and identification of types of play were made. Results indicated that the children: (1) engaged in several types of free play; (2) also initiated their own play themes and repeated some of these themes over several play periods; (3) incorporated literacy into their free play in several ways; and (4) communicated with each other and adults while using literacy materials. Findings suggest that children, including those from low socioeconomic status backgrounds, can develop play themes and incorporate literacy into their play. These findings support other studies of children's natural use of literacy materials in play, and stand in contrast to researchers who advocate adult selection of play themes. (A table listing the types of dramatic/pretend play is included; 15 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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