Faculty mentor: Jessica Stafford
As preschool students are known to tell stories during class time, they ought to have a significance in child development. In Vygotsky’s (1978) theory, it displays the importance of children telling and dramatizing stories as an important addition to preschool curriculum. This allows children to have creative expression, social skill development, and control over their lives (Cooper, 1993). The role of having the opportunity to self-expression often leads to gathering a sense of their world, whether that is imaginative or reality (Engel, 1999). The documentation of their stories can help determine where a child is in development and self-awareness. Research is currently being conducted at the University of Utah’s Child and Family Development Center to see preschool children literacy and social development. The purpose of our study is to learn more about children’s cognitive processes, creativity, and social development as shown in their storytelling and dramatizations.
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