ERIC Number: ED184704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Conservation of Social Roles in Preschool Children.
Jordan, Valerie Barnes
The development of children's understanding of the permanence of various social roles was examined in 16 four- and 16 five-year-old children. A social role conservation battery consisting of 12 items on the permanence of self-identity, gender, child and sibling roles was given under three temporal conditions: the past (i.e., when you were a baby, were you the same person - a boy/girl, a son/daughter, a brother/sister?); the near future, defined as four years into the future (i.e., when you are in second grade, will you still be?); and the remote future (i.e., when you grow up, will you still be?) In addition, tasks involving conservation of number and length, conservation of inclusive kinship roles, and kinship definitions of child and sibling were administered. Conservation of self-identity and gender were significantly higher than conservation of either child or sibling roles, and remote future transformations were significantly more difficult than either past or near future ones. Nonconservation of gender was related to perceived changes in kinship roles rather than to a denial of gender permanence per se, and nonconservation of kinship was related to perceived changes from child and sibling roles to parent roles. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kinship Role
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Interdisciplinary International Conference (10th, Los Angeles, CA, February 1-2, 1980).