ERIC Number: ED370690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Pretend Play: A Natural Path to Learning. Australian Early Childhood Resource Booklets No. 5.
This resource booklet focuses on the definitions, developmental stages, and the benefits of socio-dramatic play. The booklet deals with the players, shows how adults can support children's play, describes the play environment, and offers some suggestions for development of curriculum based on play. The booklet discusses children's approach to learning and play, as well as three play styles--explorers, spectators, and dramatists. It then examines the teacher's role in enhancing children's play and offers several suggestions on time allocation, group size, and environment. The booklet also discusses the role in children's play of four teaching styles--prestructuring, redirecting, non-intervening, and extending. The importance of appropriate physical environment and play materials is also examined. The booklet concludes with advice on implementing play programming. Contains 14 references. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Child Development, Dramatic Play, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Pretend Play, Program Development, Teacher Role, Teaching Styles
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($6.25 Australian).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Identifiers - Location: Australia