Preschool teachers’ perceptions of children’s rough-and-tumble play in indoor and outdoor environments
I am happy share with your the news about a new article that I have published together with my colleague Rune Storli. We have written about how Norwegian preschool teachers perceive children’s rough-and-tumble play in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Here is a link to the paper:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03004430.2015.1028394#
Here is the abstract:
This paper explores teacher-reported prevalence of rough-and-tumble play (R&T) in preschool and investigates how their restriction to such play varies in different play environments (indoor and outdoor). An electronic questionnaire exploring preschool teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding children’s dramatic play themes was conducted by 138 female Norwegian preschool teachers. The results show that the teacher-reported prevalence of nurture/care and house/family types of dramatic play is higher among girls than among boys, while superhero play, pretend fighting, chase games and protect/rescue play is more prevalent among boys than girls. The results also show that play-fighting and chase games are the dramatic play types most restricted by the preschool teachers, and that R&T play is significantly less restricted in outdoor environments compared to indoors. The results are discussed within a Norwegian early childhood education and care (ECEC) context and implications for ECEC practice are suggested.