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The Educator’s Role in Creating the Conditions for Children’s Participation and Concept Formation Using a Teacher-Researcher Methodology: Implications for Professional Development

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posted on 23.08.2021, 04:34 authored by REBECCA MARDI LEWIS
The role of early childhood educators in actively creating the conditions for children’s concept formation was examined in a traditional early childhood program. Framed by cultural-historical theory of child development, a unique teacher-researcher methodology was used to research the educator’s practice. An educational experiment using a Conceptual Playworld model was implemented to examine the role of the educator when creating imaginary situations with children as play partner. The educator’s role was found to involve a range of educator-child interactions, using drama and emotion, to intentionally engage children in conceptual thinking. The research contributes to play pedagogy and provides insight into the need for professional development underpinned by a new theoretical understanding of child development.

History

Principal supervisor

Marilyn Fleer

Year of Award

2020

Department, School or Centre

Education

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Education