Optimizing Early Childhood Adversity: The Impact of Play-Based Learning and Counselor Competence in Indonesia


Early childhood adversity in Indonesia is an intriguing topic for research. Based on initial interviews with teachers and school counselors for early childhood education, it was discovered that many children had decreased adversity ability, as evidenced by their lack of confidence and their fear of trying again after failing while playing. Due to the continued presence of monotonous learning methods and a limited capacity among counselors in recognizing children's emotional states. Efforts by educators to enhance children's capacity to cope with adversity have yielded limited success. This study aims to investigate how early childhood adversity in Indonesia is impacted by play-based learning strategy and school counselor competencies. Case studies are used in this qualitative research, teachers and school counselors are interviewed and observed in order to collect data. The findings indicate a significant reduction in early childhood adversity, attributed to the implementation of play-based learning strategy and the competence of school counselors. Children who participated in play-based learning exhibited notable improvements in their ability to navigate challenges in their daily lives and adapt to changing circumstances. Furthermore, the essential role of school counselors proficient in providing social and emotional support to children becomes evident in aiding the enhancement of their adversity coping abilities. The findings have significant implications for early childhood education in Indonesia. Improving play-based learning, enhancing counselor qualifications, and clarifying their roles in the classroom can better prepare children to face life's challenges through a collaborative effort among educators, counselors, and parents.

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Eka Riyana Dewi, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
Sa’dun Akbar, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
IM Hambali, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
Arbin Janu Setiyowati, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
Dwi Sri Rahayu, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
Nila Zaimatus Septiana, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia

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Conference: SEACE2024
Stream: Counselling

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To cite this article:
Dewi E., Akbar S., Hambali I., Setiyowati A., Rahayu D., & Septiana N. (2024) Optimizing Early Childhood Adversity: The Impact of Play-Based Learning and Counselor Competence in Indonesia ISSN: 2435-5240 The Southeast Asian Conference on Education 2024: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2024.19
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2024.19

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