Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Play--Social aspects; Early childhood education;
The purpose of this literature review is to examine the effects of a play-based early childhood curriculum on the academic and social development of pre-kindergarten children. The findings in this literature review examine the relationships between free play, social skills, and academic outcomes in the early years of school. The reviewed research suggested a positive correlation between free play in early childhood and future school success in literacy and social development. The conclusion of this review includes recommendations for improving teacher practices and educational policies.
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Betty L. Zan
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©2017 Amy McGinn
McGinn, Amy, "Play-based early childhood classrooms and the effect on pre-kindergarten social and academic achievement" (2017). Graduate Research Papers. 229.