Play-Based Learning

Alden, C., & Pyle, A. (2019). Multi-sector perspectives on outdoor play in Canada. International Journal of Play. DOI: 10.1080/21594937.2019.1684145 

Jensen, H, Pyle, A., Alaca, B., & Fesseha, E. (2019). Playing with a goal in mind: exploring the enactment of guided play in Canadian and South African early years classrooms. Early Years, DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2019.1619670

Pyle, A. & Alaca, B. (2018). Kindergarten children's perspectives on play and learning. Early Child Development and Care, 188(8), 1063-1075. DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1245190 

Pyle, A., DeLuca, C., & Danniels, E. (2017). A scoping review of research on play-based pedagogies in kindergarten education. Review of Education, 5(3), 311-351. DOI: 10.1002/rev3.3097

Pyle, A., DeLuca, C., & Danniels, E. (2017). Context and implications document for: A scoping review of research on play-based pedagogies in kindergarten education. Review of Education, 5(3), 352-353.

Pyle, A., & Danniels, E. (2016). A continuum of play-based learning: The role of the teacher in a play-based pedagogy and the fear of hijacking play. Early Education & Development. DOI: 10.1080/10409289.2016.1220771

Fesseha, E., & Pyle, A. (2016). Conceptualizing play-based learning from the kindergarten teacher’s perspective. International Journal of Early Years Education24(3), 361-377.

Pyle, A., & Alaca, B. (2016). Kindergarten children’s perspectives on play and learning. Early Child Development and Care. DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1245190

Pyle, A., & Bigelow, A. (2015). Play in kindergarten: An interview and observational study in three Canadian classrooms. Early Childhood Education Journal43(5), 385–393.

Pyle, A., & Luce-Kapler, R. (2014). Looking beyond the academic and developmental logics in kindergarten education: The role of Schwab's commonplaces in classroom-based research. Early Child Development and Care, 184(12), 1960–1977. DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2014.897945

Play & Assessment

Pyle, A., DeLuca, C., Danniels, E., & Wickstrom, H. (2020). A model for assessment in play-based kindergarten education. American Educational Research Journal. 

DeLuca, C., Pyle, A., Braund, H., & Faith, L. (2020). Leveraging assessment to promote kindergarten learners’ independence and self-regulation within play-based classrooms. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice.

DeLuca, C., Pyle, A., Valiquette, A., & LaPointe-McEwan, D. (2020). New directions for kindergarten education: Embedding assessment in play-based learning. The Elementary School Journal, 120(3), 455-479. 


Danniels, E., Pyle, A., & DeLuca, C. (2020). The role of technology in supporting classroom assessment in play-based kindergarten. Teaching and Teacher Education, 88. DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2019.102966

Pyle, A., & DeLuca, C. (2017). Assessment in play-based kindergarten classrooms: An empirical study of teacher perspectives and practices. The Journal of Educational Research, 110(5), 457-466. DOI: 10.1080/00220671.2015.1118005

Pyle, A. & DeLuca, C. (2013). Assessment in the kindergarten classroom: An empirical study of teachers’ assessment approaches. Early Childhood Education Journal, 41(5), 373–380.

Play & Literacy

Pyle, A., Poliszczuk, D., & Danniels, E. (2018). The challenges of promoting literacy integration within a play-based learning kindergarten program: Teacher perspectives and implementation. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 32(2), 219-233. DOI: 10.1080/02568543.2017.1416006

Pyle, A., Prioletta, J., & Poliszczuk, D. (2018).  The play-literacy interface in full-day kindergarten classrooms. Early Childhood Education Journal, 46(1), 117-127. DOI: 10.1007/s10643-017-0852-z 

Play & Mathematics

Wickstrom, H., Pyle, A., & DeLuca, C. (2019). Does theory translate into practice? An observational study of current mathematics pedagogies in play-based kindergarten. Early Childhood Education Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s10643-018-00925-1

Play & Gender

Prioletta, J., & Pyle, A. (2017). Play and gender in Ontario kindergarten classrooms: Implications for literacy learning. International Journal of Early Years Education, 25(4), 393-408. DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2017.1390446

Culturally Responsive Practice

Alaca, B. & Pyle, A. (2018). Kindergarten teacher's perspectives on culturally responsive education. Canadian Journal of Education, 41(3), 752-782.

Methodology Papers

Pyle, A., & Danniels, E. (2015). Using a picture book to gain assent in research with young children. Early Child Development & Care, 186(9), 1438–1452.

Pyle, A. (2013). Engaging young children in research through photo elicitation. Early Child Development and Care, 183(11), 1544–1558.

We are the Play Learning Lab, run by Dr. Angela Pyle at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.



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