Branchevereniging Spelen & Bewegen

Play seen by Turkish childern

This study (2014) aims to understand the perceptions of play from the perspective of both children and their teachers within Turkish culture. Results suggest that both teachers and children (3-6 years) have very similar perceptions of play, and that in children,
these perceptions are primarily developed as a result of their experiences, a finding consistent with Howard (2002). Results also
suggest age differences in the perceptions of play, with the younger children (aged 3-4 years) making more ‘play’ judgements than the older children (aged 5 to 6 years). Finally, results also show that the location of the activity depicted (on a table or on the floor) significantly influencesthe perception of play in both children and adults, with increased ‘play’ judgements for activities taking place on the floor.