Title page for ETD etd-07072006-164320


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Schellhaas, Andree
URN etd-07072006-164320
Title The Interest Center Choices of Preschool Children
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cynthia DiCarlo Committee Chair
Joan Benedict Committee Member
Sarah Pierce Committee Member
Keywords
  • choice board
  • education
  • play
  • interest areas
  • early childhood education
Date of Defense 2006-06-26
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
It is recommended practice for early childhood educators to provide children with extended periods of free play in which children are able to learn through hands-on experiences with the classroom environment (Bredekamp & Copple, 1997; Cryer, Harms, & Riley, 2003; Harms, Clifford, & Cryer, 1998). Early childhood educators plan meaningful experiences for each interest center on based on standards and objectives. While some children choose to participate in all the activities provided, other children require additional assistance in choosing between the variety of experiences provided in the early childhood classroom environment. Children that avoid spending time in certain interest centers or spend time not engaged in any activity miss the opportunity to practice the skills. In this study, a choice board intervention was implemented to help children participate in identified low preference interest centers more often and spend less time not engaged in any activity.
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