ERIC Number: EJ1168095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Shaping Pedagogical Approaches to Learning through Play: A Pathway to Enriching Culture and Heritage in Abu Dhabi Kindergartens
Baker, Fiona S.
Early Child Development and Care, v188 n2 p109-125 2018
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Social Affairs has launched an initiative to revive traditional play so as to increase children's knowledge of the UAE's rich culture, traditions and heritage. Inspired by the initiative, this qualitative study is a synthesis of locally written historical accounts interlaced with 52 Emirati kindergarten (KG) teacher voices, to describe defining aspects, features and meanings of Emirati play from a cultural-ecological perspective within a nation of rapid social change. Play is discussed so as to encourage teacher awareness of cultural persuasions of play, and to enrich Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) KG pedagogy with Emirati culture and heritage. The purpose is for teachers of all nationalities at ADEC KGs to develop an awareness of cultural persuasions of play, and to give consideration to how such concepts can shape pedagogical approaches and enrich learning in ADEC KGs.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Teaching Methods, Play, Cultural Awareness, Qualitative Research, Preschool Teachers, Social Change, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Differences, Skill Development, Parent Role, Social Attitudes, Gender Differences, Sex Stereotypes, Case Studies, Semi Structured Interviews, Grounded Theory
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates