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A multi-dimensional study into the relationships within children's journeys of free play between home and the nursery

Salema, Yaspia Shakreen; (2020) A multi-dimensional study into the relationships within children's journeys of free play between home and the nursery. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London).

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This research examines the relationship over time between children’s (aged 3-5) free play cultures and practices at home and in the nursery. Research questions concern how this relationship was perceived and responded to from multiple perspectives; how these relationships, perceptions, and responses developed over time; and how children’s research experiences impacted their free play. In these six months of qualitative research, eighteen children from two state-maintained Nurseries in London used free play provision in the nursery as a participatory tool. Questionnaires and indepth interviews were conducted with parents and practitioners. The study makes the following methodological contributions to the field of conducting research with children. It offers free play as a participatory tool for children to communicate their perspectives and experiences by engaging in free play. The originality lies in the study’s introduction of the researcher to the children, as a learner from a school for adults who studied children’s play. It extends the use of participatory research beyond collecting children’s artefacts and narratives and includes an examination of children’s experiences of conducting research. The study’s conceptual framework contributes to the field of conducting research with children in the following ways. It extends ideas related to ‘agency’; and combines it with Bourdieu’s ‘field’ to conceptualise children’s free play and research experiences that are relationally, contextually and temporally dynamic; and are assigned multiple meanings from adult and child perspectives. Findings showed individuality in children’s free play that revealed the dialogic relationship between cultures and practices at home and in the nursery. Developments in play themes, language, play behaviour, and children’s agency exercised during free play over time, showed the complex and dynamic two-way traffic of cultures and practices between home and the nursery. The study revealed the development of unique relationships between children’s research experiences that included researcher-child relationships and their free play in the nursery.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: A multi-dimensional study into the relationships within children's journeys of free play between home and the nursery
Event: UCL (University College London)
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092172
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