ERIC Number: EJ1089822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring Kindergarten Teachers' Views and Roles Regarding Children's Outdoor Play Environments in Oman
Ihmeideh, Fathi M.; Al-Qaryouti, Ibrahim A.
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v36 n1 p81-96 2016
The purpose of this study was to explore kindergarten teachers' views and roles regarding outdoor play environments in Omani kindergartens. Thirty kindergarten teachers from 15 private kindergartens were observed and interviewed. The results indicated that teachers recognize the importance of outdoor play in children's development and learning. Although teachers are satisfied with the safety conditions of the outdoor play environments, they feel they need to know more about how to maintain safety criteria in this environment. Teachers most frequently took on the role of supervising and guiding children's behaviour or setting up materials for play, whereas providing verbal comments and participating in play were less common. Omani outdoor play environments were found to face specific difficulties, such as the hot climate, a shortage of materials and equipment, a lack of natural surroundings and the short length of time spent outdoors. The article concludes with policy implications and pedagogical recommendations.
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Role, Teacher Attitudes, Outdoor Education, Play, Recreational Activities, Private Schools, Recreational Facilities, Child Safety, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Classroom Observation Techniques
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oman
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