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The Complexity of Preschool Children’s Dramatic Play Behaviour and Play Styles in Australia: A Mixed Methods Study

AUTHOR : Natalie Robertson

INFORMATION : page. 71~92 / 2016 Vol.10 No.2


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.

Keyword :

dramatic play,imagination,assessment,preschool children

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