An Investigation into Whether Using a Story Stimulus in the Role-play Area is a Reliable Way of Encouraging Children's Vocabulary
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This research project illustrates the use of a story stimulus in the role-play area to determine the effect on developing children's vocabulary. Chapter I introduces the topic and setting, and gives the rationale for the research. The literature review in chapter 2, explores language development, and the benefits of role-play and stories. Chapter 3 includes the research design involving multiple qualitative methods of data collection such as, observations, checklists, time samples, focus groups, field notes, interviews, and other research resources. Reliability, validity and triangulation issues are also explored. The group of children observed during the introduction of the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears to the role-play situation consisted of eight boys and girls aged between three years and four years one month. Chapter 4 discusses the results of the study. Although only a small number of children were involved, a positive influence is illustrated in the recorded results. As there are many possibilities for learning across the whole area of the curriculum in a well planned role-play area, and through stories, this research proved to be most benef,rcial, which will lead to enhancing the educational environment. Valuable collaboration and cooperation with children, parents, colleagues and peers has been an important feature during the research.
BA (Hons) Educational Studies
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