In the primary classroom there are many different types of social play and they usually take on the form of Parten’s five types, Onlooker behaviour—Playing passively by watching or conversing with other children engaged in play activities, solitary independent—Playing by oneself, parallel—Playing, even in the middle of a group, while remaining engrossed in one's own activity, Cooperative—When children organize themselves into roles with specific goals in mind (e.g., roles of mommy daddy and child in home setting), associative—When children share materials and talk to each other, but do not coordinate play objectives or interests. (Parten, M. 1932). These different types of play can happen during various activities of play and the type of learning which occurs and how this... [continues]
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