ERIC Number: ED045185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Position Effects in Play Equipment Preferences of Nursery School Children.
Witt, Peter A.; Gramza, Anthony F.
With reference to the need for delineation of parameters operative in children's play, the position preferences of four groups of nursery school subjects were studied in a laboratory playroom. A large and small trestle were interchanged between center and corner positions in a series of play sessions. The frequency with which the subjects used trestles in each position was recorded. Results revealed a significant difference between sessions for three of the four groups of children tested, indicating that the trestle in the center position received more usage than the trestle placed in the corner position. In addition, the large trestle placed in the center of the room received even greater usage than the small trestle in this favored position. The interaction of position and trestle size was noted, along with the importance of studying other specifiable parameters affecting a child's use of play equipment. Results of additional research in this area could have implications for unobtrusively modifying children's play behavior patterns by the purposeful positioning of equipment. (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Environmental Influences, Equipment Utilization, Nursery Schools, Observation, Play, Preschool Children, Research Methodology, Spatial Relationship
Peter A. Witt, Motor Performance and Play Research Laboratory, Children's Research Center, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois 61820
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Children's Research Center.