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ERIC Number: EJ1108678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul-23
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1529-8094
Teachers' Reconceptualization of Young Children's Identities and Abilities through Research-Based Drama Professional Development
Kilinc, Sultan; Chapman, Kathryn; Kelley, Michael F.; Adams, Korbi; Millinger, Jenny
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v17 n22 Jul 2016
This study examines how the Early Years Educators at Play (EYEPlay) professional development (PD) program transformed preschool teachers' reconceptualization of children's learning identities and abilities. The EYEPlay PD model was a yearlong program, which integrated drama strategies into literacy practices within classroom contexts. Cultural-historical activity theory and Holland's (1998) identity theory were used to understand how EYEPlay PD practices mediated teachers' conceptualization of children's learning identities and abilities. Twelve semi-structured focus group interviews were conducted with 19 preschool teachers. The data were analyzed via constant-comparative and interpretive methods. The study findings show that the EYEPlay PD activities mediated the teachers' reconceptualization of the children's learning identities and abilities in relation to developmental age and dis/ability status.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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