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Obee, Patricia; Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Gerlach, Alison; Harper, Nevin J. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Risky play is defined as thrilling and challenging forms of play that have the potential for physical injury and has been linked to developmental and health benefits for children in the early years. Currently, in Western contexts, children's opportunities for risky play is decreasing. Social factors such as practitioner and parental attitudes and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Risk, Young Children
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O'Keeffe, Christina; McNally, Sinead – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2021
School closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted the education of 91% of students worldwide. As a critical process in supporting young children's resilience, play is increasingly recognised as a valuable pedagogical strategy within a shifting educational landscape during the pandemic. This study reports on findings from a survey on play…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Play, Early Childhood Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Ogunyemi, F. Taiwo; Henning, Elizabeth – South African Journal of Education, 2020
Rhymes, poetry, stories, wrestling, music and dancing were essential cultural elements through which childhood play was promoted in traditional Africa. "Modernisation" brought about by colonialism led to distortion and decline in the use of traditional play for childhood education in many parts of Africa. This work assessed the value of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Teaching Methods, Child Development
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Resnick, Meredith; Johnson, Ane T. – Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research, 2020
This study sought to examine the experience of early childhood pre-service teachers participating in facilitated research analysis with discussion-case application. Specifically, we were interested in the impact on teachers' knowledge of and attitude towards the role and value of play in the classroom. This study describes the qualitative phase of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Value Judgment
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Arnott, Lorna; Duncan, Pauline – Journal of Early Childhood Research, 2019
We present a conceptual analysis, grounded in empirical data, of how young children's creative play is framed by the 'pedagogic culture' within which the child is playing. Drawing on data from a research study with the broad aim of documenting children's creative play in Western play-based early childhood education, we gathered exploratory…
Descriptors: Play, Creativity, Young Children, School Culture
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Jung, Eunjoo; Jin, Bora – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2014
This study investigates the perceptions of 207 college students in early childhood education and child and family studies (future professionals) regarding the role of play in early childhood classrooms. The results indicate that future professionals in their freshman and sophomore years in college held relatively positive perceptions of play in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, College Students, Student Teacher Attitudes
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McArdle, Felicity; Grieshaber, Susan; Sumsion, Jennifer – Australian Educational Researcher, 2019
Recent policy changes connect play in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings explicitly to learning, and to later school-learning outcomes, calling on early childhood (EC) educators to incorporate intentional teaching into their practice. Given these recent policy changes, the purpose of this propositional article is to raise awareness…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Play, Preservice Teacher Education, Vocational Education
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Tympa, Eleni; Karavida, Vasiliki; Charissi, Athina – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2021
Pretend play in early years is considered key to the development of both children's and pre-service teachers' skills. Teachers' involvement in pretend play might be an effective tool for supporting children's play skills and self-confidence, communication, cooperation and decision-making. Drawing on qualitative interviews with pre-service and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education
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Nielsen, Lasse – Studies in Philosophy and Education, 2020
Many consider play a natural part of childhood, and although there is disagreement in the literature on what essentially defines "play" in childhood, philosophical theories of play tend to support this initial consideration. But is childhood play also something we owe each other within a framework of educational justice? This is a…
Descriptors: Play, Social Justice, Student Rights, Children
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Engel, Maria – Childhood Education, 2015
Teaching is hard. It's the most rewarding, fulfilling job in the world, but it's also frustrating, infuriating, and really, really hard. In this article, the author reflects on the importance of free play in early childhood classrooms. If teachers want to create happy children who love learning, forcing them to sit at desks or tables through early…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Classroom Techniques, Play, Teaching Methods
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Faas, Stefan; Wu, Shu-chen; Geiger, Steffen – Global Education Review, 2017
In order to reflect international reform movements in a system- and culture-comparative perspective, the following article investigates the early childhood education systems in Germany and in Hong Kong, with reference to the respective social and educational roots, pedagogical development lines, and basic educational approaches. In addition,…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Play, Child Development, Early Childhood Education
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Wiwatowski, Megan; Page, Jane; Young, Sarah – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
Research highlights that early childhood teachers (ECTs) hold varied opinions on the value of superhero play (SP) to young children's learning and development. This study sought to investigate how ECTs in Victoria are responding to superhero play, and to examine the beliefs that underpin their responses. Interviews were conducted with eight ECTs…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Play, Teacher Attitudes, Young Children
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McEntire, Nancy – Childhood Education, 2009
This article presents and summarizes recent resources related to pretend play in the early childhood classroom. These include "Contemporary Perspectives on Play in Early Childhood Education" by Olivia N. Sarachoe and Bernard Spodek; "Dramatic Play: Bring It Back" by Tammy Benson; and "The Importance of Being Playful" by Elena Bodrova and Deborah…
Descriptors: Play, Dramatic Play, Early Childhood Education, Young Children
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Franco, Janelle; Orellana, Marjorie F.; Franke, Megan L. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2021
Accountability mandates linked to state education standards and assessments have largely replaced play in early childhood classrooms. This approach limits educators' opportunities by preventing them from using play as a means of identifying and expanding children's diverse range of competencies. In this ethnographic case study, we explore how…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Case Studies
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Brown, Jeanne M.; Kaye, Candace – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
What is the role of early education and care in advocating and providing for nature play in an era when children's exposure to nature play and risk is threatened? This review deconstructs the word "nature," as well as discusses nature's role in centuries of theorists and early childhood care pioneers. The article concludes with some…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Investigations, Ecology
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