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ERIC Number: ED382357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 27
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Content Analysis of Block Play Literature.
Conrad, Annabel
This study examined research on children's block play, using content analysis to review 75 documents that focused on such play. Each document was coded by type (empirical study or nonempirical article) and by 15 topics and 76 subtopics grouped into 4 broad categories: (1) environment/ecology; (2) block play and the school curriculum; (3) block play and child development; and (4) developmental stages of block play. Subtopic analysis resulted in a total of 959 coded items, exclusive of gender and age variables, which were analyzed separately. It found that statements concerning the environment and ecology of children's block play accounted for 37.12 percent, references concerning block play and school curriculum accounted for 25.34 percent, references to block play and child development accounted for 22.42 percent, and references to the developmental stages of children's block play accounted for 15.12 percent of the coded items. Comparisons between the topics addressed by empirical and non-empirical studies are reviewed. (Contains 48 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Blocks