Perception of Teachers and Parents on Appropriate Physical Environment for Learning Through Play in Malaysian Preschools

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Pearly Pei Li Lim
Azizi Bahauddin
Nor Fadzila Aziz


As physical environments play a role in supporting learning though play (LTP) in preschools, users and interest group’s perceptions of appropriate physical environment features for LTP become significant. This article examines perceptions of teachers and parents concerning an appropriate indoor physical environment for LTP in Malaysian preschools.A five-point Likert scale and preference ranking were employed to understand teachers’ and parents’ perception of six features including sizing of spaces; material availability; spaces for creation and respite; indoor-outdoor connection; and provision of challenges. The findings included; variety of materials, spaces for personalization, spaces for challenges and good indoor-outdoor connection.


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Lim, P. P. L., Bahauddin, A., & Aziz, N. F. (2018). Perception of Teachers and Parents on Appropriate Physical Environment for Learning Through Play in Malaysian Preschools. Nakhara : Journal of Environmental Design and Planning, 15, 95-106. Retrieved from


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