ERIC Number: ED476408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-26
Literacy Learning through Play in a Primary Classroom.
The role of play in the learning and development of young children has long been recognized by researchers and early childhood educators. Although research indicates that play does provide a context that supports and facilitates literacy learning, most research has focused on preschool or kindergarten children. The purpose of this study was to investigate opportunities for literacy learning during play, in the researcher's first grade classroom. Data was collected by gathering child-produced text, through participant observation, and video-recordings of children during dramatic play sessions. Observations showed that children used reading and writing in meaningful ways during play. They applied various functions of print, practiced skills, and explored concepts that had been introduced in the formal curriculum. It appears that play is a context that encompasses many of the conditions necessary for literacy development and is a useful means of extending and supporting the formal literacy curriculum. (Contains 25 references and 3 tables of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Head Start National Research Conference (6th, Washington, DC, June 26-29, 2002).