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ERIC Number: ED197832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Sex-Stereotyping in Block Play of Preschool Children.
Varma, Margaret
Indian Educational Review, p32-37 Jul 1980
This paper presents (1) literature which indicates that blocks are considered boys' materials and are mainly used by boys, and (2) a description of a study designed to encourage girls' play with blocks. Sixteen 4-year-olds (eight boys and eight girls), were observed for 30 minutes by two observers during free play activities with blocks. In general, results indicated that while girls spent little time in the block area, boys were actively engaged in building large block constructions. In an attempt to increase the girls' involvement in block activities, a new block area was set up in an adjoining room which was frequented by girls for art, stories and other quiet activities. This procedure was intended to offer the girls direct access to the blocks, to encourage their uninhibited block play, and to ensure that the new block area would not simply be added to the old one. Eight subsequent observations of both areas revealed an increase in the time spent by all girls in their block area. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Blocks