Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Family, Consumer, and Human Development

First Advisor

Kaelin M. Olsen


Research in child development has found that guided play can be a very effective teaching method for young children. Children obtain higher levels of play when parents have an understanding of play and its benefits to learning. This research is designed to assess how parents of children at the Adele and Dale Young Child Development Laboratory view play as a learning technique. Also, this study considered the relationship between parental opinions of play and other parenting roles. A total of 22 parents of children enrolled in the Child Development Laboratory completed the Parent As A Teacher (PAAT) inventory. Results showed significant positive relationships between opinions of play and other areas of parenting including creativity, teaching/learning, and frustration.