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Application of available attributes and physical charachteristics for learning through play in Malaysian preschools

Khan, Tareef Hayat and Hee, Jee Mei and Hussein, Abdul Halim and Lim, Pei Li Pearly (2015) Application of available attributes and physical charachteristics for learning through play in Malaysian preschools. World Journal Of Social Science Research, 2 (2). pp. 307-335. ISSN 2375-9747

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Abstract

The National Preschool Curriculum (NPC) of Malaysia introduced “Learning through Play†(LTP) as one of the major teaching and learning approaches for preschools. However, for holistic growth, learning environment for young children should also emphasize on quality built environment that are planned in alignment with the vision and principles of LTP and consideration of children’s development psychology. The theory of affordances was utilized whereby the existence of affordance within the physical environment creates potential to be actualized and it is independent of the users, namely children. This paper examined application of available attributes and physical characteristics for LTP in private preschools within converted residential houses. For this purpose, four case study preschools in Johor Bahru were selected through purposive sampling for participant observation to observe available attributes and physical characteristics as well as gain an understanding on potential and actualized affordances for LTP in the respective preschools. After qualitative analysis, findings indicated that opportunities for learning through play within preschools were hindered by four main factors which included lack of materials, equipment and free will; allowable play and independent mobility factors; time factor and safety factor.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:A General Works
ID Code:60113
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:24 Jan 2017 10:54
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