This paper presents research that examines the links between practitioners' understanding of play and its relationship to learning, their pedagogic interactions with children and children's own perceptions of their play. Previous research has shown a mismatch between practitioners' understanding of play and their practice. This research identifies how differences in understanding of play, especially the role of the adult, by practitioners in two unrelated settings are associated with variation in pedagogic interactions emphasising choice and control. Furthermore, it is argued that these differences are reflected in differences in children's use of the cue of adult presence as a defining feature of play and not-play activities.
|Pages (from-to)||121 - 133|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Early Years: an international journal of research and development|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 17 May 2011|
- teacher beliefs