The EYEPlay program has been rigorously field tested by independent researchers from Arizona State University. Evidence suggests that the intervention is a powerful model for improving the pedagogical approaches of preschool teachers and arts and language learning outcomes of children.
Read more about Childsplay’s research design and methods here.
Scholarly articles about EYEPlay:
Language ideologies of Arizona preschool teachers implementing dual language teaching for the first time: pro-multilingual beliefs, practical concerns. (2018) International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13670050.2018.1476456?journalCode=rbeb20
Expanding opportunities to learn to support inclusive education through drama-enhanced literacy practices. (2017) British Journal of Special Education https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-8578.12186
Early Years Educators at Play: A Research-based Early Childhood Professional Development Program. (2016) Childhood Education 92(1) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00094056.2016.1134242
Teachers’ Reconceptualization of Young Children’s Identities and Abilities Through Research-Based Drama Professional Development. (2016) International Journal of Education & the Arts, 17(22) http://www.ijea.org/v17n22/
Conference Papers and Presentations:
EYEPlay – Early Years Educators at Play A Childsplay Professional Development Program. Arizona School Boards Association (2016) http://azsba.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Julie-Norton.pdf
Early Years Educators at Play (EYEPlay): A Research Based Drama Enhanced Literacy Professional Development Program. Imagine Possibilities for Early Childhood Teacher Education (2015) http://createarizona.org/create-project-team/create-pis/downloadable-documents-for-the-website/workshop-conference-registration-documents/early-years-educators-at-play-eyeplay
News articles, publications and briefs about EYEPlay:
Dual Language Learning Builds Path for Academic Success. Arizona Capitol Times https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2020/01/24/dual-language-learning-builds-path-for-academic-success/
Preschool Learning Needs More Drama. ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College https://education.asu.edu/news/eyeplay-learning-needs-more-drama
Using Dual Language Strategies in the Early Grades: An Early Examination of Helios Education Foundations Initiative to Increase Literacy. Helios Education Foundation https://www.helios.org/Media/Default/Documents/Education%20Briefs/dual-language-learning-brief.pdf
Instilling a Love of Literacy Through Dramatic Play. Helios Education Foundation https://www.helios.org/blog/instilling-a-love-of-literacy-through-dramatic-play