ERIC Number: ED043385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Gross Activity of Children at Play. (Internal Report).
Time-lapse photography was used to record the gross play activity of preschool children, rated according to three measures of equipment use and three measures of movement. The definition and derivation of these measures was outlined, and five hypotheses were presented and tested concerning the variability and interrelation of the measures. Analysis of the data suggests that factors influencing play are so complex that present attempts at predicting group activity trends may be premature. Further work is needed in the definition and isolation of stimulus parameters of the physical environment so that the interpretation of play behavior is simplified and made more relevant for the individual child. It is suggested that individual trends must be investigated before a complete understanding of group play patterns can be achieved. (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Correlation, Data Collection, Equipment Utilization, Hypothesis Testing, Measurement Instruments, Measurement Techniques, Motor Reactions, Photography, Physical Activities, Physical Environment, Predictive Measurement, Preschool Children
University of Illinois, Children's Research Center, Urbana, Illinois
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Children's Research Center.