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Avornyo, E. et al. (2018) The role of play in children’s learning: the perspective of Ghanaian early years stakeholders (Journal Article)

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The purpose of this study was to examine Ghanaian stakeholders’ beliefs about the role and importance of play in early years (3 to 5 years) children’s learning, referred to as play-learning beliefs. A survey design was adopted in order to gather data necessary to examine the differences among stakeholders’ play-learning beliefs. A total of 292 participants completed the survey. Data were collected using a self-developed scale. A preliminary comparison of the mean differences among the stakeholders using ANOVA indicated that the head teachers and teachers perceived play as a form of learning more favourably than the parents. This difference was further explored using cluster analysis to test the hypothesis that stakeholders’ education status is a factor in explaining the group mean differences. Using a two-step cluster analysis in SPSS 24.0, participants were grouped into five distinct clusters, which were most distinguishable by participant status (parent, teacher or head teacher) and their education status – high-educated head teachers, teachers and parents, moderate-educated teachers and low-educated parents. Consistent differences emerged between cluster groups when compared on the scale score. Consistent with the hypothesis, the results suggest education status is associated with stakeholders’ beliefs about the role of play in children’s learning.

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January 2018
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1-16
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  • Learning
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June 2018
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1-16
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  • Learning
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Martlew, J. et al. (2011) Play in the primary school classroom? The experience of teachers supporting children’s learning through a new pedagogy (Journal Article)

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March 2011
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31
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71-83
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March 2011
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31
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71-83
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  • Pedagogy
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Vong, K. (2012) Play – a multi-modal manifestation in kindergarten education in China (Journal Article)

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Play, as an educational concept, has entered many kindergartens in China; yet it has not become a core idea, or been prioritised in the teaching and learning process. An ongoing trans-provincial study started in 2008, using observation, interviews and document analyses. Based on findings from nine kindergartens in three provinces, this article illustrates how the concept of play is perceived and manifested in kindergartens located in three cities across China. It is suggested that there is a certain relationship between the rank and the status of play in a kindergarten, which may offer a systematic way to better understand how the concept of play is represented in Chinese kindergartens. Evidence also shows that the play concept has influenced Chinese educational ideas and pedagogy at certain levels but without changing the fundamental Chinese ideas of a play and learning relationship. Explanations for the phenomena observed, such as ranking versus forms of manifestation will be suggested.

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January 2012
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32
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35-48
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  • Academic outcomes
  • Developmental outcomes
  • Free play
  • Games with rules
  • Learning
  • Outdoor play
  • Playful learning
  • Pre-academic skills
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Semiotic play
  • Construction play
  • Guided-play
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Walsh, G. et al. (2011) Playful structure: a novel image of early years pedagogy for primary school classrooms (Journal Article)

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July 2011
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31
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107-119
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