Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
This action research study investigated and compared the attitudes and beliefs of play-based instruction among several early childhood professionals. A researcher-designed survey was sent to participants in several small Midwestern schools. The participants included preschool, transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten teachers as well as preschool and elementary administrators. The statements on the survey were based on three different early childhood teaching approaches: teacher-directed instruction, student-centered instruction, and play-based instruction. The responses were analyzed and compared and the results showed mixed beliefs about play-based instruction in the preschool classroom. Preschool teachers and administrators strongly agreed on the play-based statements while TK teachers, kindergarten teachers and elementary administrators had mixed or neutral beliefs on specific play-based statements.
Sjoerdsma, Sarah, "Importance of Play: Play-Based Instruction Within a Preschool Learning Environment" (2016). Master of Education Program Theses. 103.