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Det blir sånt liv i barnen - uppfattningar av den vilda leken
1999 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to illuminate the basis of teachers' conceptions, to show the content of children's "chaotic play" and describe teachers' conceptions of the "chaotic play". The theoretical grounding shows the diversity of play theories and the complexity in conceptualising play. Children's play hovers between two extremes, chaos and order, which affects teachers' attitudes towards play. "The chaotic play" is indicated by hustle and bustle among the children and their physical activity is high. Previous research on "the chaotic play" is provided as well as theories about "teacher thinking", i.e. the relationship between theory and practice. Interviews with 12 pre-schoolteachers show four different conceptions of children's "chaotic play". To see "the chaotic play" as a need for children's physical practise is basic for all teachers. The other three conceptions appears as figures, where the teachers' previous experiences, skills and expectations constitute the frames of reference they use to interpret "the chaotic play". It deals with the conception as a danger, it's noisy and troublesome and must be moderated, the teachers focus on order and structure. The conception supply meaning contains two different subgroups of supplying meaning to "the chaotic play", on the one hand by directing the children's play, on the other hand by inspiring with fiction and imagination. To perceive meaning means to focus on children's own ability, "the chaotic play" is essentially meaningful for the children. When you look at the conceptions from the perspective of relationship between theory and practice, they appear in a hierarchical order, which means that perceiving meaning contains a higher level of professionalism. Through taking part of the result of this study, teachers may become aware of their own as well as their colleagues' conceptions of "the chaotic play" and thereby increase their understanding of each others conceptions and make it possible to influence and change attitudes towards children's "chaotic play".

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1999. , 33 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-58409Local ID: PED D-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-58409DiVA: diva2:1123038
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Pedagogy
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