Research Projects

Play, Literacy & Self-Regulation

Our current project explores how various approaches to play may relate to children's literacy and self-regulation outcomes.


Works in Progress

Stay tuned for infographics!


A Framework for Assessment

How do educators assess learning in the context of play?


We determined 7 assessment pathways that mobilize academic and developmental learning goals in kindergarten. 

The Play Continuum

What does play-based learning look like in practice?


We describe play as a continuum that ranges in level of child and adult control.  

Play & Literacy

How do educators integrate play and literacy learning in kindergarten?


We found two main approaches; an integrated or separated approach towards play and literacy learning.  

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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