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Enhancing executive function through imaginary play: a promising new practice principle

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Walker, S and Fleer, M and Veresov, N and Duhn, I, Enhancing executive function through imaginary play: a promising new practice principle, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 45, (2) pp. 114-126. ISSN 1836-9391 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1836939120918502

Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a study conducted with preschool teachers trialling an intervention in which executive function activities are embedded in teachers' daily practices and imaginary play is used to build meaningful problem situations that children solve using executive functions. The participants were 227 preschool children (53% male, M age = 55.5 months, SD = 4.2) in 10 preschool groups from Brisbane, Australia. The intervention consisted of educators and children creating and developing an imaginary situation (playworld) over an extended period (e.g. one school term). Executive function was assessed pre- and post-intervention. A repeated measures ANOVA demonstrated significant differences between Time 1 and Time 2 on all executive function measures. The study found that teachers can develop children's executive functions when executive function activities are embedded in teachers' daily practices, and when imaginary play is used to build meaningful problem situations that children solve using executive functions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:executive function; intervention; playworlds; preschool; imaginary play
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Early childhood education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Early childhood education
UTAS Author:Duhn, I (Professor Iris Duhn)
ID Code:153218
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-09-14
Last Modified:2022-11-01
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