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Rowe, Meredith L.; Salo, Virginia C.; Rubin, Kenneth – American Journal of Play, 2018
The authors ask if participating in an early-childhood theater production improves pretend play and cooperation among preschoolers. They examined play sessions immediately before and after productions of interactive earlychildhood performances at Imagination Stage, Inc. and measured children's engagement, cooperation, pretense, and misbehavior.…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Theater Arts, Play
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Lynch, Meghan – American Journal of Play, 2015
?The past decade has seen an increase in research documenting the benefi?ts of children learning through play. However, the amount of play in American kindergarten classes remains on a steady decline. ?This article compares the ?findings from a netnographic study of seventy-eight kindergarten teachers' message board discussions about play in…
Descriptors: Play, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Corsaro, William A. – American Journal of Play, 2012
The author looks at children's play from the perspective of interpretive reproduction, emphasizing the way children create their own unique peer cultures, which he defines as a set of routines, artifacts, values, and concerns that children engage in with their playmates. The article focuses on two types of routines in the peer culture of preschool…
Descriptors: Play, Preschool Children, Peer Influence, Cultural Influences
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Galeano, Rebecca – American Journal of Play, 2011
This article reviews how a receptive, bilingual four-year-old increased her Spanish productive-language skills over five weeks as she engaged in Spanish-language play sessions with bilingual peers. The data show her growing participation in group verbal interactions along with her growing production of her weaker language. In addition, a…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Language Skills, Play, Bilingualism
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Han, Myae; Moore, Noreen; Vukelich, Carol; Buell, Martha – American Journal of Play, 2010
Merging the literatures of how to enhance young children's vocabulary development and how to improve learning through play, this study tested two vocabulary teaching protocols on at-risk preschool children: Explicit Instructional Vocabulary Protocol (EIVP) and shortened EIVP and a play session (EIVP + Play). From a group of 118 lowest-performing…
Descriptors: Play, Vocabulary Development, At Risk Students, Preschool Children
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Perry, Jane P.; Branum, Lisa – American Journal of Play, 2009
This article looks anew at the important role of physically active, outdoor play in children's social and cognitive development and the role of adults in supporting active, child-directed outdoor play. The authors describe the concept of play ecologies to highlight how children experience their environment as enlivened by their interactive…
Descriptors: Play, Physical Activities, Social Development, Cognitive Development