Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2005

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Sedahlia Jasper Crase

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to explore preschool teachers' understanding of make-believe play in order to aid understanding and enhance further use of teachers as informants in research on children's play. Participants included preschool teachers (n = 10) and faculty members ( n = 3) who teach early childhood educators. Their descriptions of play and make-believe play were examined through qualitative research methods, including individual interviews. In-depth analysis of the emergent themes used to describe play and make-believe play were conducted. Preschool teachers defined make-believe play as representational play that is intrinsically motivated. This report includes examination of definitions, comparisons between teachers' and faculty members' responses, and responses to video vignettes. Limitations of the current study as well as ideas for future research are discussed.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-15364

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Joanna Jennifer Cemore

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3200405

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

133 pages

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