A Crosscultural study on outdoor play: parent and teacher perspectives

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2015
Yalçın, Fatma
The aim of this multiple case study aim is two-fold: first is to explore Turkish and Finnish early childhood teachers’ and parents’ beliefs related to outdoor play and ideal outdoor environment and second to focus on Turkish and Finnish early childhood teachers’ outdoor play practices in their kindergarten settings. The sample of the study consisted of 28 participants including Turkish early childhood teachers (n=7) and parents (n=7); and Finnish (n=14) early childhood teachers (n=7) and parents (n=7). Data sources of current study involved semi-structured interviews with teachers and parents, and observation of teachers’ outdoor play practices. Taking its unique features into account, first each case was individually analyzed to identify themes and subthemes. Secondly, within the principles of cross-case analysis, the researcher attempted to draw comparisons and contrasts looking for similarities and differences across cases. Findings of the current study indicated that both Turkish and Finnish teachers and parents believed outdoor play was important for children’s development and learning. However, this study found that Turkish and Finnish parents have distinct beliefs about to barriers to outdoor play. While Turkish teachers believed that there are many barriers to outdoor play such as parental concern, inclement weather, teacher’s inactivity, Finnish teachers believed that there are no barriers to applied outdoor play. An important finding was that Finnish and Turkish parents had distinct beliefs for the provision of outdoor play in kindergarten. While Turkish parents had health concerns about the provision of outdoor play in winter, Finnish parents stated that season and weather is not concern for them.

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F. Yalçın, “A Crosscultural study on outdoor play: parent and teacher perspectives,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.