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An investigation into the effect of play-based instruction on the development of play skills and oral language: a 6-month longitudinal study

Stagnitti, Karen, Bailey, Alison, Hudspeth Stevenson, Edwina, Reynolds, Emily and Kidd, Evan 2015, An investigation into the effect of play-based instruction on the development of play skills and oral language: a 6-month longitudinal study, Journal of early childhood research, Early view, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.1177/1476718X15579741.

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Title An investigation into the effect of play-based instruction on the development of play skills and oral language: a 6-month longitudinal study
Author(s) Stagnitti, Karen
Bailey, Alison
Hudspeth Stevenson, Edwina
Reynolds, Emily
Kidd, Evan
Journal name Journal of early childhood research
Season Early view
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1476-718X
1741-2927
Summary The current study investigated the influence of a play-based curriculum on the development of pretend play skills and oral language in children attending their first year of formal schooling. In this quasi-experimental design, two groups of children were followed longitudinally across the first 6 months of their first year at school. The children in the experimental group were attending a school with a play-based curriculum; the children in the control group were attending schools following a traditional curriculum. A total of 54 children (Time 1 M age = 5;6, range: 4;10–6;2 years) completed standardised measures of pretend play and narrative language skills upon school entry and again 6 months later. The results showed that the children in the play-based group significantly improved on all measures, whereas the children in the traditional group did not. A subset of the sample of children (N = 28, Time 1 M age = 5;7, range: 5;2 – 6;1) also completed additional measures of vocabulary and grammar knowledge, and a test of non-verbal IQ. The results suggested that, in addition to improving play skills and narrative language ability, the play-based curriculum also had a positive influence on the acquisition of grammar.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1476718X15579741
Field of Research 111403 Paediatrics
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079237

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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