Vol. 2, Issue 10 (2015)
Utilization of dramatic play for quality holistic development of Nigerian child
Author(s): Bosah IP, Obumneke-Okeke IM, Anyachebelu FE
Abstract: Dramatic play is the spontaneous imaginative role playing, taking place in early years during self-selected activity periods. This paper is an attempt to look into the utilization of dramatic play for realization of quality holistic development of Nigerian child. The research design was descriptive survey. Two research questions guided the study. A population of 50 Nursery School teachers from 10 nursery schools constituted the sample population of the study. The instrument for data collection was A-20 researchers-developed questionnaire duly validated by experts in childhood education for the teachers. Mean values was used in answering the research questions. The researchers concluded that since play is children’s language, the use of dramatic play should be encouraged in the nursery schools. Findings revealed that dramatic play enhances quality holistic development of the nursery school child. Based on the findings, the researchers recommended among others that dramatic play should be employed by teachers for teaching the preschoolers as stated in the National policy on education and that government should integrate dramatic play in early childhood curriculum and enforce its implementation via active supervision of nursery schools.