Classroom Images and Play
Classroom Images and Play
“One of the most common elements of childhood across cultures is play” (Rettig, 1995, p.1). Have you ever wondered how can you incorporate meaningful play into yourwork with children that encompasses the different cultural backgrounds of your students? In this discussion, we will look at play around the world and discuss how we can encompass a global view of play in our work with young children. To begin, view the photo story below that shares some beautiful images of children around the world playing.
Play Around the World (Links to an external site.)
Next, choose one of the articles below to read:
Initial Post: Based on your textbook, photo story, and article (from the table above), address the following:
Cote, L. R., & Bornstein, M. H. (2009). Child and mother play in three U.S. cultural groups: Comparisons and associations (Links to an external site.). Journal Of Family Psychology, 23(3), 355-363. doi:10.1037/a0015399
· This article investigated child and mother play among South American Latino immigrants, Japanese immigrants, and European Americans in the United States
· Izumi-Taylor, S., Samuelsson, I. P., & Rogers, C. S. (2010). Perspectives of play in three nations: A comparative study in Japan, the United States, and Sweden (Links to an external site.). Early Childhood Research & Practice, 12(1). Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ889717.pdf
· This article discusses findings about differences and similarities in perspectives on play among early childhood educators in Japan, the United States, and Sweden
· Synodi, E. (2010). Play in the kindergarten: the case of Norway, Sweden, New Zealand and Japan. International Journal Of Early Years Education, 18(3), 185-200. doi:10.1080/09669760.2010.521299
This paper discusses the kindergarten curricula of Norway, Sweden, Japan and New Zealand in terms of whether they recommend or suggest teachers unify play and pedagogy by employing a pedagogy of play.
Rettig, M. (1995). Play and cultural diversity (Links to an external site.). The Journal of Educational Issue of Language Minority Students, 15. Retrieved from http://www.ncela.us/files/rcd/BE020476/Play_and_Cultural_Diversity.pdf
· This article looks at the relationship between play and cultural diversity
· Vandermaas-Peeler, M. (n.d.). Cultural variations in parental support of children’s play (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from www.wwu.edu/culture/Vandermaas-Peeler.htmnsertArticleCitationHere
· This article looks at the differences in how parents support play in different cultures
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