Play and Early Literacy: An Analysis of Kindergarten Childrenâ€™s Scaffolding During Symbolic Play Transformations
AbstractThis study analyzes the scaffolding of symbolic transformations by kindergarten children during socio-dramatic play. Â Fifteen hours of free play at a home center were videotaped. Â The symbolic transformations were identified and coded by type and social context from detailed transcripts.Â The results of this study suggest that play environments, such as the home center, provide a collaborative social context that facilitates the engagement of children in simple to complex symbolic play transformations, highlighting the importance of informal, social play contexts for enhancing symbolic play transformations as a precursor to literacy development.
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