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ERIC Number: ED406043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Arts Games for Young Children.
Suthers, Louie; Larkin, Veronicah
This study investigated the use of arts games (structured play activities based on drama, movement, and music) with children age birth to 5 years in a day care setting. A set of 20 games was tested by 2 early childhood teachers; 1 teacher tested 10 games with a group of 2-year-olds and the other tested a different set of 10 games with a group of 4-year-olds. The teachers worked at a day care center in an inner city in Australia serving a culturally and socioeconomically diverse community. Teachers were given detailed descriptions of the games, including required equipment, suggested group size, procedures, and possible variations. They presented each game at least three times over a period of 6 weeks. Results indicated that the teachers would continue to use 13 of the 20 games in the version provided or in a modified version. They described over 75 percent of the games as developmentally appropriate for their children. Four factors influenced successful implementation: (1) grouping of children, especially group size; (2) children's interest and motivation, encouraged through positive reinforcement and accurate verbal feedback; (3) teachers' modifications and strategies, especially those to meet the needs of individual children; and (4) teacher confidence, related to the aspects of the games they chose to emphasize. Teachers generally found written instructions for the games very clear but noted that games requiring singing provoked anxiety. The teachers reported high levels of child enjoyment while playing the games. (Contains 23 references.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia