Primary teachers’ beliefs on the role of play in early childhood education
The purpose of the current study was to gather primary teachers’ beliefs about the role of play in early childhood education. In order to gather these beliefs, all primary teachers in School District 70 (Port Alberni) were given a multi-method survey to complete (Appendix A). The surveys were distributed in October of 2011 and teachers were given two weeks to complete and return the survey. Ten out of a possible twenty-seven surveys were collected from primary teachers in Port Alberni. The data that was collected demonstrated strong beliefs in the importance of play in early childhood education. All responding teachers reported the benefits of play to the child as a whole as well as their education. Many early childhood educators in Port Alberni believe play to be an integral part of early childhood education.