Towards holistic supporting of play-based learning implementation in kindergartens: A mixed method study

Pui Chi Chrysa KEUNG, Chi Keung Alan CHEUNG

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Abstract

Using a holistic support framework, this study investigated teachers’ conceptions of effective play-based learning development and how their perceptions of its effectiveness related to whole-child development. Data were collected from a mixed method study. A total of 286 questionnaires from 50 Hong Kong kindergartens were collected and then 29 principals, head teachers and teachers were interviewed after the completion of the survey. Results of quantitative analyses showed that school collaborative culture facilitated various aspects of children’s development through the mediation of teachers’ enactment of play pedagogy and home-school cooperation. Qualitative interview data also confirmed the survey results that the roles and functions of parents and teachers were significant in supporting the implementation of play-based learning in kindergarten settings. Findings of the study have shed light on the conceptualizations of effective play-based learning which are perceived by teachers as part of a school collaborative culture, teachers’ enactment of play pedagogy and home-school cooperation. The practical and policy implications of the study may suggest adopting a holistic support model in the analysis and actively seeking to integrate parents, teachers and kindergartens in constructing an optimal play learning experience for young children. Copyright © 2019 Springer Nature B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-640
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Volume47
Issue number5
Early online date04 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

Citation

Keung, C. P. C., & Cheung, A. C. K. (2019). Towards holistic supporting of play-based learning implementation in kindergartens: A mixed method study. Early Childhood Education Journal, 47(5), 627-640. doi: 10.1007/s10643-019-00956-2

Keywords

  • Play-based learning
  • Holistic support model
  • Whole-child development
  • Early childhood
  • Mixed method

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