An exploratory study of the perceptions of staff within a Foundation Phase setting focusing on the role of outdoor play in developing the physical skills of pupils.
Brown, Rachel Ann
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The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the perceptions of staff members within a Foundation Phase setting. The focus of the study is upon the use of outdoor play to develop the physical skills of nursery aged pupils. A qualitative approach to data collection was used. Semi structured interviews were conducted to elicit in-depth, rich data. Observations of free play and adult-led activities were made to provide detailed descriptions of the practlcal experiences of the children. Findings reflected a number of issues, namely that the outdoor play opportunities provided for the development of physical skills were largely dependent on a number of factors such as available space, funding and resources. The staff also acknowledged their own limitations in providing creative outdoor learning experiences to develop fine and gross motor skills. Chapter one outlines the introduction, the rational, the purpose of the study and what the study is designed to examine. This section also looks at the scope of this research project and who it is focussed on as well as identifying the four research questions that 'frame' this study. Chapter two focuses on the explanation of the literature surrounding this study, it focuses on what the Foundation Phase says about physical development and outdoor play, whilst looking at outdoor learning, explaining what it is and how ¡t supports children's development. chapter three identifies the ideological standpoint and the possible research methods the researcher could use and why they have chosen/ not chosen them. This chapter looks at triangulation, making the research reliable as well as valid, whilst looking at the ethical considerations which could affect the project. lt also looks at the sample chosen and the systematic approach to data analysis. Chapter four identifìes the results from the research project; it is structured around the four key research questions. And finally chapter five is the conclusion. lt highlights the summary of the analysis of research, gives the limitations that the study may have and identifies further recommendations as to where further study could occur.
BA (Honours) Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies
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