Date of Graduation
College of Education and Human Services
Learning Sciences and Human Development
Barbara G. Warash
Amy Kennedy Root
Joy Faini Saab
There is currently a trend to push academics due to laws such as the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) which holds schools accountable for academic learning. Play and creativity are being eliminated in early childhood even though theorists state the value of these elements in the overall development of young children. The purpose of the study was to examine the primary caregivers' values of play and creativity in early childhood and their child's academic self-esteem. Primary caregivers recruited from a university preschool completed the Parent's As A Teacher Inventory (PAAT) and the teachers of the school rated the children using the Behavioral Academic Self-Esteem (BASE) scale. It was found that primary caregivers valued play and creativity. They placed the endorsement of play and creativity over that of academics. Findings revealed that primary caregivers' value of play was a significant predictor of a child's self-confidence.
Martino, Jill M., "Primary caregivers' values of play and creativity in early childhood in relation to children's academic self-esteem" (2009). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 780.