Play as a Framework for Learning

1813 WordsNov 6, 20128 Pages
In this essay I am going to discuss how play is a framework for learning in early childhood education in New Zealand and the role of a teacher in implementing a play based curriculum. I will also be discussing 2 theoretical perspectives in relation to play. Play is an important factor in our children’s lives. Through play children learn many different things in life. ‘Play is seen as a positive impact in children’s learning, and play-based curriculums are advocated as one of the best approaches to children’s learning across the early years’ (Nixon & Gould, 2002). Children develop at different paces and a very high proportion of what they learn takes place in the first five to seven years of life. What happens in the home is extremely…show more content…
. It may be necessary to give some children one or two minutes to gather their thoughts and ideas sufficiently to answer (MacNaughton & Williams, 2004). Utilising open-ended questions may lead children away from the activity at hand to expand their understanding or explore other concepts. This is emergent curriculum and requires teachers to engage in the next teaching strategy. (Study guide). Thirdly, theories of play are an important part of a child’s learning, I will be discussing Piaget and Parten’s theories of play. Mildred Parten was one of the early researchers to study children within the context of play. Mildred was one of the early researchers to study children within the context of play. As I come to read about partens theories I get a better understanding of why she focused on childrens play. Below is a summary of the stages that she identified. As you read these stages, consider examples of each that you have witnessed in your teaching experience. * Onlooker behaviour: The child plays passively by watching or conversing with other children engaged in play activities * Solitary independent: The child plays alone * Parallel: Playing independently, even though in the middle of a group of children, while remaining engrossed in their own activity. Children playing parallel to each other sometimes use each other's toys, but always maintain their independence * Associative: Children share materials
Open Document