ERIC Number: ED231514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the Caregiver in the Emergence of Play Activities during the One-Word Period: Social Variations in a Rural-Born Population in Central Mexico.
Zukow, Patricia Goldring
Universal and culture-specific aspects of caregiver contributions to children's emerging play activities during the one-word period were studied in research designed to meet criteria for ecological validity. The sample included seven Mexican caregiver/child pairs in a major urban setting and eight pairs in a rural setting. All caregivers came from the traditional Mexican rural culture; children between 11 and 30 months of age were included in the sample after observations confirmed that they had attained one of three levels of semantic development. Data were gathered through simultaneous audiotaping and videotaping of children's activities at 6-week intervals over a 9- to 12-month period. Each audiotape was transcribed by a native speaker familiar with the rural culture. Videotaped interactive and noninteractive play sequences were examined to assess the nature and sources of intracultural variation along a continuum of degree of cultural knowledge. Children's performance in nonguided, noninteractive play sequences was compared to caregiver-guided performance in interactive sequences; sibling-caregiver interactions were compared with children's interactions with their primary caregivers; and children's performance at three levels of semantic development was analyzed. Findings showed children's performance at each of three levels of semantic development to be more advanced during interactive sequences with their caregivers than in noninteractive sequences. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Caregiver Role; Mexico; Social Interaction; Toddlers
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (50th, Detroit, MI, April 21-24, 1983).