I’d like to propose a Special Topic meeting on how children learn through play other imaginative activities:
It is well known that children learn through playing, hearing stories, and engaging in other imaginative activities. But how, exactly, does this process work? Which aspects of play sessions or fictional stories are particularly effective for children’s learning, and why? Which topics do children learn most readily through these kinds of activities? How do aspects of individual children’s temperaments or developmental environments impact this process? This workshop would examine these and other related questions, with the aim of identifying gaps in the literature and proposing evidence-based strategies for how play and imagination can best be used in early education.