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Yin, Hongbiao; Keung, Chrysa Pui Chi; Tam, Winnie Wing Yi – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2022
This study examined kindergarten teachers' behavioural intentions to implement play-based learning and its relationship to two types of facilitating factors: organisational (i.e., instructional leadership and trust in colleagues) and individual (i.e., teacher self-efficacy). Structural equation modelling examining the direct and mediating effects…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Intention, Play
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Wallace, Ruth; Hesterman, Sandra – Education and Society, 2021
Human development theories identify child-initiated play as the primary source of early learning. Accordingly, the role of early childhood educators is to utilise the natural medium of play as a context for learning; an educational approach known as play-based learning. Recently, Western Australia (WA) has experienced an erosion of play-based…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Keung, Chrysa Pui Chi; Fung, Chanel Kit Ho – Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 2020
Extending Shulman's work, this study investigated kindergarten teachers' pedagogical content knowledge in developing play-based learning. Data were collected from focus group interviews with 29 teachers, head teachers, and principals in Hong Kong. Findings suggested the development of play-based learning is contextual. Teachers believed that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Pyle, Angela; Pyle, Martin A.; Prioletta, Jessica; Alaca, Betül – American Journal of Play, 2020
Policy makers around the world increasingly mandate play-based learning in kindergarten classrooms, a pedagogical approach backed by research espousing not only the developmental appropriateness of play-based learning for this age group but also the benefits to students' academic achievement. Despite these mandates, researchers continue to see a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Kindergarten, Play, Educational Policy
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Hiini, Vicki; MacKinnon, Anna; Lonergan, Kelly; Spalding, Debbie; Bridson, David – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2018
A number of converging issues provided the impetus for 12 schools in the Western Bay of Plenty to form a support network to explore and develop play-based learning for the first years of school. This article discusses what has influenced our play-based learning approach and gains we have observed as a result. We acknowledge the challenges that…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Elementary Education, Teacher Role
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Keung, Chrysa Pui Chi; Fung, Chanel Kit Ho – Early Child Development and Care, 2021
In Hong Kong, play-based learning has been highlighted in the latest curriculum guide in 2017. While adopting 'child-centredness' as the core value of kindergarten education can enrich children's play experiences. However, little emphasis has been placed on how young children perceive play-based learning in the classroom. The aim of this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Learning Experience, Young Children
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Wilinski, Bethany; Machumu, Maregesi; Sharma, Amit – Childhood Education, 2021
Efforts to improve education should not neglect to provide the rich play opportunities that benefit children in so many ways. In Tanzania, the pre-primary curriculum, for example, guides teachers to use play as the primary method of teaching and learning. Despite this policy mandate for play, however, abundant evidence indicates that Tanzanian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Child Development, Skill Development
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Taylor, Meaghan Elizabeth; Boyer, Wanda – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
With a heavy increase in academic expectations and standards to be learned in the early years, educators are facing the challenge of integrating important academic standards into developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children in kindergarten. To meet this challenge, there is a need to become familiar with the role of play in the…
Descriptors: Play, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Teaching Methods, Social Development
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Keung, Chrysa Pui Chi; Cheung, Alan Chi Keung – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Using a holistic support framework, this study investigated teachers' conceptions of effective play-based learning development and how their perceptions of its effectiveness related to whole-child development. Data were collected from a mixed method study. A total of 286 questionnaires from 50 Hong Kong kindergartens were collected and then 29…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Play, Kindergarten, Teacher Attitudes
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Hesterman, Sandra; Targowska, Anna – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
This paper discusses the findings of a qualitative research project conducted in 2017 that explored practitioners' experiences and perceptions of the provision of play pedagogies in contemporary Western Australian early childhood education contexts. Interviews were conducted with four play-based learning teachers and an open-ended survey was…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Carolan, Patrick L.; McIsaac, Jessie-Lee D.; Richard, Brenna; Turner, Joan; McLean, Christine – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2021
This study examined families' experiences of a publicly funded, play-based early learning program for children in the year before school entry. An online survey was conducted with parents and/or guardians (n = 291) to learn about their child's outcomes in the program, their perception of play-based learning, attitudes toward the program, and how…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes
Nugent, Mary Beth Anderson – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe kindergarten teachers' experiences with integrating play-based learning into standards-based academic curriculum in a school district in South Carolina. Play-based learning experiences were defined as instances which allow children to engage in active, social learning experiences in…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Play, Integrated Curriculum
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Pyle, Angela; Danniels, Erica – Early Education and Development, 2017
Research Findings: Research has demonstrated the developmental and educational benefits of play. Despite these benefits, teacher-directed academic instruction is prominent in kindergarten. There is increasing acknowledgment in curricula and policies of the challenges presented by a lack of play in classrooms and the need to support academic…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Teacher Role, Kindergarten
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Fesseha, Ellen; Pyle, Angela – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This study sought to gain insight into how Ontario teachers define play-based learning, and how their perspectives affect its implementation in kindergarten classrooms. Using survey data from kindergarten teachers from around the province of Ontario, two definitions of play were developed: one focused on social development through play and the…
Descriptors: Play, Kindergarten, Teacher Attitudes, Preschool Teachers
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Milne, Jess; McLaughlin, Tara – set: Research Information for Teachers, 2018
Teachers have an important role to play in supporting and facilitating play-based learning for their students. This study aimed to explore one teacher's understanding about her own intentionality within a play-based new-entrant classroom. Using observation and interview with video-stimulated recall, and key themes about play-based practice and…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Play, Learning Experience, Educational Environment
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