Joan Brooks McLane
September 2003

In an effort to understand what practitioners themselves understand or
believe about play, Professor Joan Brooks McLane conducted a multi-year study. The results of the study suggest that the diversity of knowledge, beliefs, and practices among early childhood practitioners — who are ultimately responsible for how play is implemented in specific classrooms — affect many aspects of the child’s play experience.

This article appears in a Herr Research Center Occasional Paper.

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