The complexity of preschool children’s dramatic play behaviour and play styles in Australia: a mixed methods study

Robertson, Natalie 2016, The complexity of preschool children’s dramatic play behaviour and play styles in Australia: a mixed methods study, Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 71-92, doi: 10.17206/apjrece.2016.10.2.71.

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Title The complexity of preschool children’s dramatic play behaviour and play styles in Australia: a mixed methods study
Author(s) Robertson, NatalieORCID iD for Robertson, Natalie orcid.org/0000-0001-8480-2235
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 71
End page 92
Total pages 22
Publisher Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2016-04-30
ISSN 2233-5234
2005-3886
Keyword(s) dramatic play
imagination
assessment
preschool children
Summary Dramatic play is recognised as an important source of learning and development for preschool children, yet there are increasing reports that the quality of dramatic play is declining. This paper aims to report on the findings of a mixed method study that examined the constructs of Australian preschool children’s dramatic play behaviour. Video observations and the Smilansky Scale for the Evaluation of Dramatic and Socio-Dramatic Play (Smilanksy & Shefatya, 1990) were used with 101 preschool children aged 4 to 6 years in selected early childhood educational settings in Melbourne, Australia. Findings reveal that the overall level of children’s dramatic play behaviour was low. A typology of four play styles will be presented. Implications on educators’ pedagogy are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.17206/apjrece.2016.10.2.71
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085796

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