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.
dramatic play,imagination,assessment,preschool children
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Call for Papers
Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE)
Special Issue Deadline: January 15, 2016
Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE) is an official publication of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) that is dedicated to disseminating and supporting research in early childhood education within the Pacific area.
APJRECE is released three times a year in January, May, and September. In 2016, the second issue of Volume 10 will be a special issue. The topic for the special issue is “Power of Play in Young Children’s Growth and Learning”. The Guest Editor for the special issue is Dr. Wonyoung Rhee, Professor Emerita at Chung-Ang University, Korea.
We are seeking reports of current research on this topic, papers that address issues in the application of play research, and papers that review a specific research area of young children’s play and are especially informative about studies needed to fill knowledge gaps. The manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted online by January 15, 2016, following the guidelines described on the journal website. Please visit the homepage of Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (www.apjrece.com,www.pecerajournal.com), and you will find not only full details on aims and scope, editorial policy, and paper submission but the orange colored button, named Manuscript Management System of APJRECE, for paper submission.
We hope you will seriously consider APJRECE for your scholarship.