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Imaginative play and reading development among Grade R learners in KwaZulu-Natal : an ethnographic case study

dc.contributor.authorNeha, Mitashaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorRule, Peter N.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-05T12:14:46Z
dc.date.available2018-07-05T12:14:46Z
dc.date.issued2018-06
dc.identifier.citationNeha, M. & Rule, P.N. 2018. Imaginative play and reading development among Grade R learners in KwaZulu-Natal: An ethnographic case study. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 8(1), a518, doi:10.4102/sajce.v8i1.518.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2223-7682 (online)
dc.identifier.issn2223-7674 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/sajce.v8i1.518
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104120
dc.descriptionCITATION: Neha, M. & Rule, P.N. 2018. Imaginative play and reading development among Grade R learners in KwaZulu-Natal: An ethnographic case study. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 8(1), a518, doi:10.4102/sajce.v8i1.518.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.sajce.co.za/en_ZA
dc.description.abstractThis article argues that imaginative play can fulfil a valuable role in the development of reading among pre-school children. It uses Feuerstein’s Mediated Learning Experience as a theoretical lens and defines the concepts related to imaginative play, focussing particularly on symbolic and dramatic play. Drawing on an ethnographic case study of the reading development of four pre-schoolers, aged between 5 and 6, in their home environments in KwaZulu-Natal, it shows how imaginative play is a generative aspect of early reading in the home. It is through imaginative play that the children were able to make sense of what they had read, transfer it to other contexts and explore its implications in a child-centred way. Imaginative play can take early reading from the realms of print and digital media into those of movement, dressing-up, role-playing, visual and aural stimulation – holistic and integrative ways of ‘comprehending’ the text. The article concludes with a discussion of the challenges and potential pedagogical implications of the research findings.en_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSIS Publishing
dc.subjectImaginative playen_ZA
dc.subjectReading developmenten_ZA
dc.subjectPre-school childrenen_ZA
dc.subjectPlay readen_ZA
dc.subjectFeuersteins mediated mearning experienceen_ZA
dc.titleImaginative play and reading development among Grade R learners in KwaZulu-Natal : an ethnographic case studyen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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