William Fowler

William Fowler

The video we watched in class was very interesting. I liked how he made simple suggestions of thing that parents can do while playing with their children. Fowler wrote a book on multiple perspectives of play in early childhood. In chapter 14 of this book, he states, “Play is a form of social behavior; in play, children encounter social situations and learn to cooperate, help, share and solve social problems,” He goes on to talk about how play is a source of cognitive growth for children.

I think that his ideas on how play can help with literacy and other cognitive growth, is so true. At the daycare center I work at, we use different play sections in order to engage the children. These include the texture bin, art, science and discovery, dramatic play (dress up) etc. Maybe they got the idea from Fowler? Caregivers should remember to be flexible, encouarge and expand on things and narrate what is happening during play to promote literacy and narrative skills. You can also ask questions.

You can read some of his book online at http://books.google.com/books?id=ETNoovBm29AC&pg=PA52&lpg=PA52&dq=william+fowler+early+childhood+education&source=bl&ots=nSXX_SFCwR&sig=3ujaBH5358Xoy71dSf84d_dG3dg&hl=en&ei=VlTnSvn-OoT8sQOWnLmaBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBEQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=william%20fowler%20early%20childhood%20education&f=false.

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Whitney J Kerr

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~ by whitkerr9 on October 27, 2009.

One Response to “William Fowler”

  1. Is learning through play only good for the young? We don’t often use play to help older children develope. We take away their free time to relax and play together and replace it with studying. Do you think that is good for older children?

    Emily Blackburn

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