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ERIC Number: EJ894964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
In Defense of Play: Beginning the Dialog about the Power of Play
Myck-Wayne, Janice
Young Exceptional Children, v13 n4 p14-23 Sep 2010
This article provides early childhood practitioners a way to develop a common understanding of the importance of play in the early learning experience of young children. Meaningful discussion among teachers, parents, administrators, and teacher candidates regarding play in early childhood education programs is critical to ensure the growth and development of young children with and without disabilities. In this article, the author provides a definition of play and discusses how play can enhance interventions for children with disabilities and facilitate academic learning for each and every child. The article concludes with a discussion of the role of early childhood special educators in incorporating play in the curriculum and clearly articulating the importance of play in the classroom to parents, administrators, and other stakeholders. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A