Learning Through Play in Malaysia: Teachers’ and Parents’ Views

Abu Bakar, Norsuhaily (2011) Learning Through Play in Malaysia: Teachers’ and Parents’ Views. In: PECERA 12th Annual Conference, 30 July - 2 August 2011, Japan. (Submitted)

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This paper reports on research which investigates the role of play in preschool contexts in Malaysia. This research contributes to a better understanding of teaching and learning through play in pre-school practices. It also contributes insights about children’s play with a description of activities and practices that are culturally familiar and therefore accessible to Malaysian audience. The research will identify skills and competencies that children enact in their play and that require pedagogic support. The approaches used in Malaysian preschools do not seem to implement a play-based approach despite its recommendation in policy and curriculum. The research aims to discover why this is the case and to raise consciousness of the need and importance of play in preschools. It analyses the views of teachers towards learning through play in preschool by looking at the implementation of the approach and constraints faced by them. Parents’ views on play as pedagogical tools, reasons for sending their children to a certain types of preschool and their preferred activities for the children either more academic or play-based are examined. The study uses a qualitative methodology in which interviews with teachers and parents were conducted. The interviews were analysed according to themes arising from the data. As well documents such as policies and curricula were analysed to clearly identify the approaches underlined by the government for preschool education. These data were analysed and interpreted through to the literature. The result of the findings recommendations and will be made to the various agencies with the aim of improving current practices in preschool education and also to the Ministry of Education for policy formulation. This study will inform a larger study that will investigate difference between types of preschools and between preschools in rural and urban environments. Implications arising from recommendations of this wider study will contribute to a greater understanding of the difficulties and problems associated with the implementation of learning through play in the context of Malaysia. The study will also contribute to the international literature on education and culture, and on preschool learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Norsuhaily Abu Bakar
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2015 07:56
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2015 07:57
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/3210

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