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ERIC Number: EJ833980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Social Pretend Play: Potentials and Limitations for Literacy Development
de Haan, Dorian
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v13 n1 p41-55 2005
Social pretend play is considered to be beneficial to literacy development. However, observations in the case study of social pretend play by a boy from the age of 3 to 5 years, showed that at this young age the children's play may also have its limitations with regard to literacy-related features. On the one hand, children create a reciprocal support system for each other's imagination, and develop a metalinguistic capacity by their negotiations. On the other hand, the situation bound nature of this kind of play offers a limited opportunity for planned, extended discourse. It will be argued that a well-defined pedagogy should involve a broad narrative approach to address both potentials and limitations. The analysis as well as a pedagogy of play may benefit from Vygotskyan concepts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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