ERIC Number: ED201390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Follow-Up Study of Sex Stereotyping in Child-Selected Play Activities of Preschool Children.
Williams, R. Ann; Beeson, Betty Spillers
A follow-up study was conducted to determine if changes would occur in the sex stereotyping of child- selected play activities over a 6-month period. Subjects were fifty 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children enrolled in nursery school programs at a midwestern university during the 1979-80 school year. For one 6-week period in the fall and one in the spring, three observers recorded the number of boys or girls that participated in "traditionally female-oriented activities" (house play, books, art projects, table activities) and "traditionally male- oriented activities" (with blocks, wheeled vehicles, climbing apparatus, and water or sand). During each 6-week period subjects were observed 3 days a week. Comparison between the autumn and the spring studies revealed only one significant change: blocks changed from a sex stereotyped play activity in the autumn to a non-sex stereotyped play activity in the spring. The other seven child-selected play activities were not sex stereotyped at a statistically significant level in either study. Based on these results it was concluded that sex stereotyping of child-selected play activities did not increase with age. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For related document, see ED 186 102.