The Significance of Play in Preschoolers Language Development

The Significance of Play in Preschoolers Language Development


Final Research Paper (use APA style) –35%

The final assignment is an 8-to 10-page (Times, 12-font, double-spaced) paper on one of the topics discussed in class. The goal of this paper will be to incorporate theory and empirical data by proposing your own developmental experiment. Use an empirical article published recently (2017 –2019) on one of the topics discussed in class and propose your own study to further the research endeavor. You may propose an experiment on any topic that interests you and is covered in the course. Students are required to submit a turnitin report with their final paper.

The final paper has four parts:

  1. A 2-3 page literature review of your topic, summarizing the experiments and arguments made in your chosen article as well as other relevant articles (3 to 5), and ending with the specific question you’d like to address and an explanation of its connection to the literature. The format should be APA style and comparable to the Introduction/Background of a journal article.
  2. A 2-3 page description of your proposed experiment. The experiment should specify the population to be tested, the materials and procedure you will use, and the conditions you hope to test. The format should be comparable to the Methods/Procedures section of a journal article.
  3. A 2-3 page discussion section. This section should discuss the conclusions you would draw if your hypothesized results were confirmed. It should also discuss alternative results and conclusions you might draw from those. Finally, it should anticipate possible objections to your approach and suggest areas for further study. The format and tone should be comparable to the Discussion and General Discussion sections of a journal article.
  4. A reference section (APA style; not counted in 10-page limit).





Byington, T. A., & Kim, Y. (2017). Jump‐starting preschoolers’ emergent literacy: The entomologist tool kit. The Reading Teacher70(5), 601-604.


McCauley, S., & Christiansen, M. (2019). Language Learning as Language Use: A Cross-Linguistic Model of Child Language Development. Psychological Review126(1), 1–51.


Yogman, M., Garner, A., Hutchinson, J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M.. (2018). The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children. Pediatrics142(3), e20182058.


McLeod, R. H., Hardy, J. K., & Kaiser, A. P. (2017). The Effects of Play-Based Intervention on Vocabulary Acquisition by Preschoolers at Risk for Reading and Language Delays. Journal of Early Intervention39(2), 147–160.


Holmes, R. M., Gardner, B., Kohm, K., Bant, C., Ciminello, A., Moedt, K., & Romeo, L.. (2019). The relationship between young children’s language abilities, creativity, play, and storytelling. Early Child Development and Care189(2), 244–254.


Mendelsohn, A. L., Cates, C. B., Weisleder, A., Berkule Johnson, S., Seery, A. M., Canfield, C. F., Huberman, H. S., & Dreyer, B. P.. (2018). Reading Aloud, Play, and Social-Emotional Development. Pediatrics141(5), e20173393.


Justice, L. M., Jiang, H., & Strasser, K.. (2018). Linguistic environment of preschool classrooms: What dimensions support children’s language growth?. Early Childhood Research Quarterly42, 79–92.

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