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Abstract


Perceptions of Classroom Teachers about Traditional Children’s Games

Children and games are an irreplaceable whole of life. Games, by their nature, entertain children and enable them to have a pleasant time. Games also enable children to develop physically, psychologically and socially while entertaining them. Through games, children interact with their environment. This interaction facilitates communication skills, cooperation and cultural transfer in children. The most important games in cultural transfer are traditional children’s games. This is because these games, by their nature, carry the traces of the past within. Through traditional games, cultural elements are transferred from generation to generation and they facilitate intergenerational sharing. Additionally, when traditional children’s games are practiced in classroom environments, the academic successes of children are also affected positively in many aspects. This study was conducted with the aim of determining the perceptions of classroom teachers about traditional children’s games. This study, which aimed to investigate the perceptions of classroom teachers about traditional children’s games, constitutes a survey model and is of descriptive quality. The study group in the study consists of 150 classroom teachers, who served in the city of Elazığ during the 2017-2018 education period. In the analysis of the obtained data as a result of the study, “arithmetic means”, “percentage” and “frequency” analyses were used. Independent samples t-test and ANOVA tests were used to determine the degree by which the teachers’ perceptions were influenced depending on the demographic variables. According to the results of the research conducted, the teachers stated that traditional children’s games contributed to the big and small muscle developments positive and enabled children to socialize. The teachers who participated in the study stated that the tongue twisters, short stories and songs used with the traditional children’s games contributed to the language and intelligence development positively. Furthermore, the participating teachers in the study stated that virtual games imprisoned children and traditional children’s games are needed in today’s world.



Keywords
Children’s Games, Traditional Children’s Games, Children and Games



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