2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

The Impact of Play-Based Learning on Early Childhood Development

Paige C. Sanders
Dr. Katrina Schmerold and Dr. Bridget Thomas, Faculty Mentors

Play is essential for learning in early childhood development. Psychologists, like Piaget and Vygotsky, have studied learning and child development to demonstrate how play can be a factor. Unfortunately, play is slowly being removed from preschools and replaced with standardized test preparation because some people do not equate play with learning. People are concerned that play is a waste of time, and that students will not be prepared for Kindergarten. With play-based learning, play becomes the primary component of instruction as teachers actively structure responsive and engaging activities that guide students' learning. Instead of direct instruction, teachers use the flexibility of play to support this natural instinct in children. Play-based learning can be influential in teaching academic subjects to preschoolers, while also developing their cognitive, emotional and social skills. This research aims to explain the benefits of implementing a play-based curriculum in preschools, where play is most favorable for learning.

Keywords: Play, Play-Based Learning, Early Childhood

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary Studies

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 13-2
Location: https://flipgrid.com/d0254fde
Time: 0:00

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