Magazine article Work & Family Life

Play Works, Says 10-Country Preschool Study

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Play Works, Says 10-Country Preschool Study

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A four-year study of preschool programs in ten countries has identified four specific practices that consistently made a positive difference for young children in terms of their language and cognitive development. The research was conducted in Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Thailand and the United States.

For the study, more than 1,400 children were observed in their preschools at age 4 and again at age 7. The project, which was coordinated by the Michigan-based High/ Scope Educational Research Foundation, found a direct link between children's improved skills at age 7 based on the following practices:

* The children were allowed to choose the activities in which they would participate-including dramatic play, arts, crafts and music.

* The children spent less time in "whole group" activities, in which everyone in the class does the same thing at the same time.

* More equipment and materials were made available to the preschool classrooms.

* Teachers had completed more years of full-time schooling.

These new findings highlight the importance of allowing kids to be active participants in their own learning, according to study director Jeanne E. …

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