Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Symbolic play; Cognition in children; Play--Psychological aspects; Symbolism (Psychology) in children;
The purpose of this literature review is to identify the cognitive and academic benefits of pretend play for kindergarten-aged children. The review will also identify ways that kindergarten teachers can integrate pretend play within their curriculum. The research reviewed enabled mathematics and literacy to be identified as related outcomes associated with pretend play. It also identified several teacher roles necessary for productive pretend play within kindergarten curriculum. The conclusion of this literature review includes recommendations for future action and education policies based on the research reviewed.
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Jill M. Uhlenberg
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©2012 April Marie Thelen
Thelen, April Marie, "The impact of pretend play on cognitive and academic development of kindergarten students" (2012). Graduate Research Papers. 234.