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ERIC Number: EJ790472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0094-1956
Meanings of Child's Play According to Turkish Early Childhood Educators: A Phenomenological Study
Tekin, Gokce; Tekin, Ali Kemal
Journal of Instructional Psychology, v34 n4 p207-213 Dec 2007
Play is a very critical element in and has important long-lasting impacts on child's development and learning. However, it has numerous definitions many of which are unclear. There is also a lack of research done with Turkish participants about the meaning of child's play according to early childhood educators who have significant roles in this process. Phenomenological study is the most appropriate method to investigate the meaning of lived experiences because it is committed to descriptions of everyday experiences as stated by Moustakas (1994). Hence, this research study examined the meaning of child's play according to Turkish early childhood educators based on their descriptions about their own childhood play experiences. The data were gathered through in-depth interviews from six participants who work in Turkey and were recorded and analyzed by using phenomenological study techniques. Then, essential structures of play were extracted from the data and an exhaustive description of child's play was provided at the end of this analysis. Implications were discussed and recommendations were made for future studies. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey