ERIC Number: EJ775795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Play in the Preschool Classroom: Its Socioemotional Significance and the Teacher's Role in Play
Ashiabi, Godwin S.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v35 n2 p199-207 Oct 2007
The goals of this paper were two-fold. The first goal was to examine the emotional and social developmental value of play in the early childhood classroom. This issue is important because of the recent impetus for a more academic focus in early childhood classrooms, and questions about the developmental benefits of play. The second goal was to examine and discuss the role teachers could play in making play a developmental and educational experience. This is because understanding the significance of play could make teachers less apprehensive about using play to promote learning and development, and enable them answer questions regarding the value of play. Using these goals as a backdrop, this paper discussed views of children's play; the defining characteristics of emotional and social development; play and the socioemotional development of children; and the role of early childhood teachers in children's play.
Descriptors: Young Children, Social Development, Educational Experience, Play, Child Development, Teacher Role, Emotional Development, Classroom Research, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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