Play in Quebec’s childcare services: stated curriculum and enacted practices.

Lemay, Lise et Bigras, Nathalie (2016). « Play in Quebec’s childcare services: stated curriculum and enacted practices. ». Conference, 25e European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA) Meeting, Barcelone, Espagne, septembre 2016.

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This exploratory study examines play guidelines in Quebec’s childcare services curriculum and explores the quality of early childhood educators’ (ECE) and home childcare providers’ (HCP) “interactions valuing children's play”. Play is the centre of many ECE curricula (OECD, 2012). However, observations have suggested that adults’ interactions supporting children's play seem rather scarce (Bigras et al., 2014). Interactions valuing children’s play rely on Piagetian (e.g. organising the physical setting to promote exploration) and Vygotskian (e.g. interacting to sustain development and learning) approaches to child development. Data was gathered from two projects conducted in Quebec (Canada). The participants are the ECEs and HCPs who worked with 72 children when they were 18, 24 and 36 months-old (first sample) and 170 newly recruited children aged 48 months (second sample). Each time, process quality was observed using the Educational Quality Observation Scales (Bourgon & Lavallée, 2004 a, b, c). The ''interactions valuing play'' subscale is composed of 8 items addresses whether the practitioner's interventions respect and sustain children’s play. All participating families were informed and signed a consent form. At each time point, cross-sectional analysis revealed unsatisfactory quality regarding 7 items of the full subscale. The “respect children’s play” item was one of the only exceptions, with scores in the satisfactory range. This study suggests that, while adults respected children's play, their interventions might not support their initiatives, create a playful climate, etc. Discussion stresses the need to improve ECEs’ and HCPs’ interactions sustaining young children's development and learning during play.

Type: Conférence
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Quebec (Canada), early childhood education, childcare process quality, practitioner's interactions, children's play
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences de l'éducation > Équipe de recherche Qualité des contextes éducatifs de la petite enfance
Déposé par: Nathalie Bigras
Date de dépôt: 28 nov. 2018 08:55
Dernière modification: 26 mars 2021 10:14
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