Children Learn More Through Play Than From Teacher Led Instruction

Children Learn More Through Play Than From Teacher Led Instruction

Children Learn More Through Play Than From Teacher Led Instruction children learn more through guided play than from teacher-led instruction according to a new study by experts at cambridge university a play-focused approach to learning where children are allowed to explore at their own pace was found to be just as effective as traditional teacher-led methods in teaching literacy numeracy and thinking skill and when it came to some maths skills guided play was actually more effective than other approaches at least up to the age of eight the research examined data from a number of studies that had looked at the effectiveness of guided play where an adult steers activities but allows children the freedom to explore in their own way this may involve imagination-based games or incorporating skills such as counting into play while these approaches are common in preschool education they are less widely used in schools it’s only recently that researchers have started to conceptualize learning through play as something that exists on a spectrum said dr elizabeth byrne of the faculty of education at cambridge and a it describes playful activities which are scaffolded around a learning goal but allow children to try things out for themselves if children are given the freedom to explore but with some gentle guidance it can be very good for their education perhaps in some cases better than direct instruction researchers looked at 39 studies that documented the impact of guided play on children age three to eight the results were then combined with studies looking at the effect of other approaches including traditional teacher-led direct instruction guy at play was found to be at least as effective as direct instruction in all of the learning outcomes measured but was particularly effective in some areas of numeracy where it produced a greater positive impact than direct instruction.

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