Play in the context of early childhood education in Hong Kong

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Abstract

This chapter examines eduplay, an educational form of play with Chinese characteristics, as a means of promoting social competence and play-based counselling in early childhood. Although the policies of the Hong Kong government increasingly require a play-based curriculum, many teachers and parents believe that play will detract from academics. However, the term “eduplay” was first introduced in Rao’s article (2009), a form of play-based education with “Chinese characteristics” which captures the beliefs of teachers and parents about what should happen and occurs in Chinese early childhood settings (Rao & Li, 2009). Eduplay is a method of learning by playing, an approach that may be more acceptable to teachers and parents in Hong Kong. Results from an experimental study of preschools are presented, showing that eduplay was successful in reducing two problem behaviours, namely clinging and demanding attention. These results have implications for incorporating meaningful play into a play-based curriculum. Copyright © 2016 Taylor and Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchool counselling in a Chinese context: Supporting students in need in Hong Kong
EditorsMing-tak HUE
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages21-32
ISBN (Electronic)9781317520726, 9781315721019
ISBN (Print)9781138365759, 9781138854598
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Citation

Leung, C.-H. (2017). Play in the context of early childhood education in Hong Kong. In M.-T. Hue (Ed.), School counselling in a Chinese context: Supporting students in need in Hong Kong (pp. 21-32). New York: Routledge.

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