Article

Play in the primary school classroom? The experience of teachers supporting children's learning through a new pedagogy

Citation

Martlew J, Stephen C & Ellis J (2011) Play in the primary school classroom? The experience of teachers supporting children's learning through a new pedagogy. Early Years, 31 (1), pp. 71-83. https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2010.529425

Abstract
In Scotland in recent years there has been growing interest in an approach to a more play based pedagogy commonly described as Active Learning. The research reported in this article is an exploration of moves towards creating an active play based learning environment in six Primary 1 classrooms in Scotland and is concerned with (i) the children’s experiences in such a play based active learning environment in school and (ii) their teachers’ perspectives on this pedagogical innovation and their roles in supporting the learners. This study examined experiences and perspectives within and across each of the six child-centred and play-focused classes. The main findings suggest that the role of the teacher varies between what would be considered teacher-intensive and teacher initiated activities (Fisher,1996:55) ‘Active’ or play based learning’ was interpreted differently by teachers; play in some classrooms was peripheral rather than integral to the learning process and curriculum-embedded.

Keywords
active learning; play; pedagogy; teacher activity; children's engagement; Active learning; Learning, Psychology of; Activity programs in education; Education, Primary Scotland

Journal
Early Years: Volume 31, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/01/2011
Date accepted by journal01/01/1990
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/2854
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN0957-5146