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An exploratory case study of young children's interactive play behaviours with a non-English speaking child

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This study is an examination of preschool-age English speaking children's interactive play behaviours with a non-English speaking child (NEC). The play types of a NEC were reported using the Parten's categories of solitary, parallel and interactive play. In addition, English-speaking children's interactive play with a NEC were reported in this study using categories of affiliative, possession-related, prosocial and aggressive behaviour from Ramsey's 1987 study.

Keywords: children's interactions; interactive play; non-English speaking child's play; play behaviours; play types

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Curriculum and Instructions - EC4, University of Texas-Arlington, USA 2: Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, USA 3: Department of Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Wisconsin, Platteville, USA 4: School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, USA

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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