ERIC Number: EJ867589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
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Research on Children's Play: Analysis of Developmental and Early Education Journals from 2005 to 2007
Cheng, Mei-Fang; Johnson, James E.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v37 n4 p249-259 Jan 2010
Our review examined four early childhood journals ("Early Child Development and Care," "Early Childhood Education Journal," "Journal of Research in Childhood Education," and "Early Childhood Research Quarterly") and four developmental science journals ("Child Development," "Developmental Psychology," "Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology," and "Merrill Palmer Quarterly") from 2005 to 2007. Only 57 articles out of over 1,000 (conservative estimate) included the term "play" in the title, abstract or as a key word. Of these 57 articles, only 19 were primarily focused on play, 16 from ECE journals and only three from developmental science journals (Z = 2.43, p less than 0.05). While the ECE journals drew implications for practice, the developmental science journals did not. Seven ECE journal articles dealt with the concept of play in education and four other ECE journal articles covered play and literacy. The findings suggest the need for more careful use of the term play in early education and child development studies and a reevaluation of rationales and methods for its study.
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Journal Articles, Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Literature Reviews, Research Needs, Bibliometrics, Incidence
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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