The research topic I am interested in is the benefits of children’s play/learning in a naturalized setting. There is more research out there then I originally thought, but the focus I would concentrate my study would be with programs in cities with limited natural space. The data would be collected in participating programs as they are right now. Then data collected after teacher training in the same programs and adding natural features to outside spaces. The purpose of this study would be to illustrate the gains in creative play, problem solving, child initiated experiences, expanded language and corporative play. All of these illustrated gains involve teacher support, asking open-ended questions and seeing play as an important part of academic growth.
The benefits of this study would be creating quality-learning experiences for children of all socio-economical levels. This in turn would reduce the achievement gap when entering kindergarten. Benefits of teacher education on age appropriate open ended play as an important part of children’s development in all domains. Value would also come for communities to look at play spaces for young children in public parks and schoolyards. Many community natural spaces are built by the community itself, providing ownership and space for families to enjoy.