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On June 6, 2014, educators from across four Canadian provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, met in Saskatoon to launch Phase I of the NOW Play Project. Researchers, teachers, principals, day care workers, and parents got together in focus groups to discuss their experiences and perceptions on the current practices in early years education settings. This series of papers reports on discussions about teaching, learning and assessment practices in the areas of play-based learning, children’s oral language, and early writing development.

Christine Portier, Ph.D., Managing Editor, NOW Play Publications

Focus Group Papers: Getting to Know NOW Play Participants

Eisazadeh, N. (2015). Seeking a “happy medium”: How does play fit into the curriculum? Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Galt, W. (2015). Writing, drawing and storytelling—Building literacy and language one squiggle, one zombie, and one picture of mom at a time. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Heppner, D. (2014). It’s kind of slippery, it’s hard to assess current practices in oral language and writing assessment. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

San Miguel, J. (2015). Use your words! Children’s oral language in the primary years. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

White Papers

Allen, W. (2015). Addressing Indigenous children’s language development & assessment. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Allen, W, (2016). Aboriginal English varieties & standard language assessment practices. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Bockarova, M. (2015). The importance of play for preschool children’s learning. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Elsherief, H. (2016). Conceptualizing “culture” in relevant and/or sustaining pedagogy— Questions for teachers. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Jang, S. Y. (2015). Play in early childhood education programs—Analysis of curriculum documents in four Canadian provinces. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Malec, A. (2015). Educational success and First Nations children.Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Murray, A. (2016). A principal’s view on play. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Rajendram, S. (2014). Play-based learning in kindergarten programs—Analysis of curriculum documents in four Canadian provinces. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Uddin, M. (2016). Action research: A compelling and powerful form of professional development. Portier, C. (Ed.).Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Uddin, M. (2016). The importance of drawing and scribbling. Portier, C. (Ed.). Unpublished manuscript, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

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