Disadvantaged children's play behavior over the school year in public school preschool classrooms

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Whasoup Son-Yarbrough (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Dale Farran

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the developmental changes in preschool children's play behavior in public school preschool classrooms. From the original four hundred eighty economically disadvantaged children in public pre-kindergarten programs funded by Chapter 1, two hundred eighty three children were used for the final analyses of this study. Children's play behaviors during free play time were observed twice over the school year in their classroom settings using an event sampling method. A series of repeated measures multivariate analyses of variance (MANOVA) were conducted to test 12 hypotheses. In addition to examining the developmental aspects of play, the findings were also compared with those of previous research studies to determine how public preschool intervention programs contribute to children's play development.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1996
Play assessment (Child psychology)
Play $x Sociological aspects
Children with social disabilities $x Education (Preschool)

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