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ERIC Number: EJ969821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1836-9391
Play-Based Learning and Intentional Teaching in Early Childhood Contexts
Thomas, Louise; Warren, Elizabeth; deVries, Eva
Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, v36 n4 p69-75 Dec 2011
This paper reports on an analysis of teachers' talk of play-based learning and intentional teaching of mathematics. The participants in the study were two early childhood teachers in a pre-Prep program (the year before school). Teachers' talk of how they engaged in the interplay between children's play and the use of intentional teaching practices to introduce mathematics concepts formed the data set to be analysed. Conversational interviews and stimulated recall were used to gather data. A poststructural analysis of the teachers' talk suggests that socially and culturally constructed ways of being an early childhood teacher are both enabled and constrained by discourses of play and intentional teaching.
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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: Australia