Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 165–171 | Cite as

Blurring the lines of play and work to create blended classroom learning experiences

  • Margaret H. CooneyEmail author
  • Patricia Gupton
  • Michael O’Laughlin


Researchers exploring children’s perceptions of play in a prekindergarten and a K/1 classroom found a new category of classroom activities that combined elements of play and work. These blended learning activities were characterized by blurred lines between play and work, shared control of classroom activities, and spontaneity present in the learning experiences.

Key words

play work blended activities constructivist learning environment interviewing children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret H. Cooney
    • 1
    Email author
  • Patricia Gupton
    • 2
  • Michael O’Laughlin
    • 3
  1. 1.Early Childhood Education, College of EducationUniversity of WyomingLaramie
  2. 2.College of Education Undergraduate Teacher Education ProgramUniversity of WyomingLaramie
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of MissouriKansas City

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