Play in Early Childhood Education and the Perceived Impacts of Accountability and Rigor

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Patricia White
Barbara N Martin
Bryan McDonald


Exploring explored principals' and teachers' perceptions concerning the role of play in early childhood programs was this quantitative inquiry. All early childhood participants identified play as a learning tool but noted it was being eliminated from the curriculum due to high stake accountability. There was a significant difference between administrators and early childhood educators concerning the purpose of play. Implications for early childhood curriculum and school district policy were determined.

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White, P., Martin, B. N., & McDonald, B. (2021). Play in Early Childhood Education and the Perceived Impacts of Accountability and Rigor. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 8(3), 176-187.
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Barbara N Martin, University of Central Missouri

Professor in the Educational Leadership and Human Development Department

College of Education

University of Central Missouri


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