Conceptual Play: Foregrounding imagination and cognition during concept formation in early years science education

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    The international trend to increase the cognitive achievement of early childhood children is now a central
    focus of governments in Australia. This goal has generated a need for better understanding how concept
    formation occurs within play-based programs. Yet none of the theories of play were originally conceptualized
    with this need in mind. The proposed study will investigate how cognition and imagination can work together
    to support conceptual development in science for preschool aged children. These data are urgently needed
    for the creation of a new theory of learning through play which leads to concept formation within the early
    childhood years.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date4/01/1131/12/13

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$100,997.00