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ERIC Number: EJ884102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1468-7984
Children's Spontaneous Play in Writer's Workshop
Lysaker, Judith T.; Wheat, Jennifer; Benson, Emily
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v10 n2 p209-229 2010
Research on the relationship between literacy and play has a rich history. Yet few studies have examined children's use of spontaneous play during literacy events as children are learning to read and write. This case study examines the use of play and the quality of playfulness in a kindergarten/first grade multiage classroom during Writer's Workshop. Data revealed children being playful in three ways: through the use of singing and chanting, the expression of intense emotion, and the use of pretend and fantasy. Children created a "third space" by infusing the academic environment with elements of their more playful social worlds. This "third space" functioned as a particular kind of Zone of Proximal Development, a comfortable, personally authentic and energized environment in which children learned to write. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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