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ERIC Number: EJ1062759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
"Because We Like To": Young Children's Experiences Hiding in Their Home Environment
Green, Carie
Early Childhood Education Journal, v43 n4 p327-336 Jul 2015
This qualitative study of 3-to-5-year-old children's hiding places and experiences is framed around the importance of recognizing children as active agents in creating their own culture and places in the world. Through the use of interactive data collection strategies collected at school and in children's homes, including book discussions, representation activities, place tours, and interviews with children and parents, this research found that young children have many kinds of hiding places that serve various purposes in their lives. Children's most common hiding places were in closets, under blankets, under beds, and behind couches. Children engaged in hiding alone and as a social activity. Through hiding, children gained control and constructed their own rules in their home environments. Hiding places also offered children a sense of comfort and security and provided a space for play and creativity. Early childhood educators need consider the significance of children's hiding places and activities as they construct their own sense of place and identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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