Describes how playful and inquiry-based engagements in kindergarten and first grade classrooms eventually gave way to the demands of district-mandated teacher evaluation plans that called for targeted reading strategies, seatwork, and instruction using basal reading materials. Wohlend describes the resulting impingement on children's emotional lives and the professional authority of teachers in these midwestern classrooms.
Wohlwend, K. (2009). Squeezed, Stretched, and Stuck: Teachers Defending Play-Based Learning in No-Nonsense Times. Occasional Paper Series, 2009 (22). Retrieved from http://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2009/iss22/2