Date of Graduation

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Education

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

Advisor

Collier, Marta Collier D.

Reader

Casey, Erin McLin, 1973- M.

Second Reader

Imbeau, Marcia B.

Abstract

This paper explores the playtime of elementary students in two Northwest Arkansas schools. This paper examines the difference in the amount of play students are receiving from preschool to kindergarten. The research question is, “Are the types of and amounts of play in preschool and kindergarten settings appropriate to meet the developmental needs of young learners including cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development?” Data were collected through observations and teacher questionnaires. The results implied that the preschool setting was receiving the adequate time for the developmental types of play to take place, but the kindergarten setting was not receiving the adequate amounts of time for play.

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