Date

2018

Major

Early Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Meca Williams-Johnson

Abstract

There have been multiple studies from different perspectives, about the role that naptime plays in early childhood education classrooms. However, there is limited research on how teachers feel about this subject. The purpose of this study is to explore and understand teachers’ perspectives and experiences with the current decrease in nap time and how this decrease affects their Kindergarten classrooms. To gain a better understanding of teachers’ perspectives of the decrease of naptime in Kindergarten classrooms, I interviewed six veteran Kindergarten teachers. These teachers have taught in Kindergarten classrooms where naptime was part of their schedule and in classrooms where naptime was not part of their schedule. When interviewing these teachers, the participants described their views on the naptime debate and its impact on their young learners. They also explained why naptime is decreasing in the classroom and strategies they use to increase academic interest with sleep deprived students.

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