A role for everyone
8 February 2010Add to My Folder
The importance of role play and the psychology behind it is explored in this feature, which also explains how it can offer so many learning opportunities for boys and girls
In this article…
Why is role play important to young children’s development? Early social development is highly correlated with academic achievement. The way a child settles into your setting and interacts with peers and adults will have a massive impact on his or her learning opportunities.
Many teaching practices are based on the Soviet psychologist Vygotsky’s social constructivist model of child development, as it highlights a child’s potential learning ability and demonstrates the importance of whole person development. The areas of development (traditionally split into cognitive, social and physical) overlap and reinforce each other.
- Learning to communicate
- The benefits of fantasy and role play
- Boys’ toys
- Food for thought
- Aggressive role play?
- Modelling adults’ behaviour
- Role-play props
- Setting up role-play areas
- Incorporating EYFS into role play
- Observing and assessing during role play
- Skills for life
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