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ERIC Number: ED408059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1320-6648
The Teacher's Role in Outdoor Play: Preschool Teachers' Beliefs and Practices.
Davies, Margaret
Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, v1 p10-20 1997
Research has shown that teacher involvement can stimulate and enrich children's play, with positive developmental consequences. This study examined teachers' thinking and practices in relation to the role of the teacher in children's outdoor play. Data were collected from eight preschools through teacher interviews and observations of children's outdoor play. Results revealed that teachers have a distinct and shared belief that, while children should be carefully supervised, they should have the freedom to engage in activities of their own choice, without unnecessary intervention from teachers. Teachers predominantly perceived their role in terms of setting the stage for play, observing and monitoring events, and intervening or redirecting only when children's behavior was considered inappropriate. This view of minimal intervention by teachers was consistent with their beliefs about children as learners and about the purpose and value of outdoor play in the early childhood curriculum. Observations of children's outdoor play supported teachers' reports of their beliefs about their role outdoors. (Contains 52 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia