“Well it depends on what you’d call play”: Parent perspectives on play in Queensland’s Preparatory Year

Breathnach, Helen, O'Gorman, Lyndal May, & Danby, Susan (2016) “Well it depends on what you’d call play”: Parent perspectives on play in Queensland’s Preparatory Year. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 41(2), pp. 77-84.

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Abstract

In the context of recent education reform, Queensland’s Preparatory Year (Prep) is undergoing a period of significant change. The framing of Prep under a new national curriculum reflects a shift from its play-based roots to a formalised subject-based approach. This shift coincides with suggestions that parents may favour more formalised approaches to teaching and learning in the early years. This paper reports on two studies in which parents were interviewed about their views of play in Prep. Data were analysed thematically, with a focus on themes used by parents to talk about play. While parents broadly valued play, the findings suggest that parent participation greatly influenced their acceptance of play-based learning in the formal learning context of Prep. The findings raise implications for educators in fostering strong parent-teacher partnerships in order to facilitate improved parental understanding and support of play in early childhood programs.

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ID Code: 87758
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Preparatory Year, Prep, Queensland, play, parents, partnership, early years, curriculum, interviews, thematic analysis
ISSN: 1836-9391
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2015 22:32
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2016 22:31

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