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dc.contributor.authorSmidl, Sarah Lynnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:38:20Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:38:20Z
dc.date.issued2003-05-06en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05232003-135225en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/33144
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is a narrative inquiry of laughter in a University Lab School preschool classroom that describes the many situations in which children laugh as well as laughter's importance for the children, for me, and for all of us as a whole within the context of our classroom. To date, there is a paucity of research on children's laughter, especially in young children. The majority of research that has been conducted has been quantitative in nature, with few attempts to comprehensively describe the many situations in which laughter occurs. For my study, I felt it crucial to look at, document, and describe preschoolers' laughter, taking into consideration the many facets of their school day including free play, story time, playground time, and snack time. My sample included all of my 14 preschoolers, who ranged in age from 3 years to 4 years, 4 months at the outset of the study. I also deemed it important to look at what these laughter-producing situations meant to me and the children in my classroom, including what deeper worth laughter for all of us, how we used it in the classroom, and how it helped me to grow both personally and professionally through my research.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectnarrative inquiryen_US
dc.subjectlaughteren_US
dc.subjectpreschoolen_US
dc.titleCarve That Opossum and Plucky, Ducky Underwear: A Narrative Inquiry of Laughter in a Preschool Classroomen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairStremmel, Andrew J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHill, Lynn T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGarrison, James W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFu, Victoria R.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05232003-135225/en_US
dc.date.sdate2003-05-23en_US
dc.date.rdate2003-07-22
dc.date.adate2003-07-22en_US


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