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ERIC Number: ED163323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-29
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Peer Play and the Effect of the Inanimate Environment.
Howes, Carollee; Rubenstein, Judith
Recent concern with the ecological context of childrearing has sparked research interest in the effects of children's environment on their behavior. This study describes toy availability and use in naturally occurring childrearing environments, and then examines relationships between these aspects of the environment and peer interaction. It was hypothesized that children who have greater access to large play equipment would have more frequent advanced peer interaction. Toddlers (N=40) were observed in daycare centers, and socially directed behaviors between toddlers and peers were time-sampled. Results indicate that high level interactive play is maintained by an inanimate environment which organizes space so that toddlers can focus on each other and respond to each other's actions on the physical environment without physically intruding. It is impled that peer interaction among toddlers appears to be context-specific, and that the inanimate environment also has to be defined in terms of spatial arrangements in which children may interact. (KA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Eastern Psychological Association (49th, Washington, D.C., March 29-April 1, 1978)