Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Children's Perception of the Learning Value of Play
by Cote, Courtney, M.Ed., Minot State University, 2017, 79; 10684898
Abstract (Summary)

Play time has been thought to be an important part of the Kindergarten experience. However; over the years there has been a shift in what is seen in the Kindergarten classroom. Rarely is play seen in the classroom; rather there is more focus on seated work for efficiency of meeting all standards during the year. This thesis focused on how important play in the Kindergarten classroom and how much children learn through play that examined the child’s perception of what they learned after a mixture of guided play and free play centers. Through observations of the children and interviews, this thesis showed learning can be seen while in play through the eyes of children. Students’ observations showed learning through both independent play as well as playing in groups of students. Every station observed through this study showed some type of learning whether it was a general understanding of concepts or a very specific understanding of the concepts the students were introduced to during play. This study also showed that students learned in both guided and free play settings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Borden-King, Lisa
Commitee: Pijning, Ernst, Thrope, Leslee
School: Minot State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- North Dakota
Source: MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Reading instruction
Keywords: Children, Early childhood education, Kindergarten, Play
Publication Number: 10684898
ISBN: 978-0-355-50301-2
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