ERIC Number: ED024061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun-20
Reference Count: 0
School Children's Games. Final Report.
Eifermann, Rivka R.
During the two stages of the investigation (1964-66), observations of children in freely formed playgroups were conducted in 27 Israeli schools, Jewish and Arab. The cumulative record of play participants throughout the complete period amounted to over 120,000 units. Among the variables recoreded with reference to each play group were its size, its composition by grade and sex, ethnic or religious affiliation of the participants, length of play, incidence of quarrel, play area and surface, and the name of the game. An Encyclopedia of Games has been compiled, in which some 5,000 descriptions of games and their variants have been systematically categorized and encoded. An analysis of the extent of interaction in play between boys and girls has revealed that about one quarter of them play in mixed groups, with considerable variability in this respect depending on age and culture. In all cases, however, more girls play with boys than vice versa. Indeed, girls have fewer games which they call entirely their own. Typical boys' games have been distinguished from typical girls' games, on such characteristics as extent of interdependence between players, outcomes of winning or losing (both more characteristic of boys' games), and precise prescription of action sequences (typical of girls' games). The data has theoretical implications related to child development and to the nature of play and games. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (Israel). Dept. of Psychology.