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ERIC Number: ED421238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 11
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Fantasy Play in Preschool Classrooms: Age Differences in Private Speech.
Kirby, Kathleen Campano
Private speech is speech overtly directed to a young child's self and not directly spoken to another listener. Private speech develops differently during fantasy play than constructive play. This study examined age differences in the amount of fantasy play in the preschool classroom and in the amount and type of private speech that occurs during fantasy play in free play episodes. Forty preschool students were observed in their classroom during free play activities. Children completed either the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence--Revised or the Communication Domain of the Battelle Developmental Inventory; their parents completed the Hollingshead Index for Socioeconomic Status. Results showed that age differences were found in the amount of fantasy play and in the amount of total private speech, word play and repetition, and fantasy play private speech utterances during free play activities in the preschool classroom. (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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