ERIC Number: ED101750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-16
Reference Count: 0
How Educational are Educational Toys?
Quilitch, H. Robert
If a toy is classed as "educational," some demonstrable educational outcome ought to result from playing with it. Formerly, games and toys designated as "educational" were often strategies for painlessly imparting school subjects to children. Today, "developmental skills" or "readiness experiences" are typical objectives of many of the toys on the market for pre-school children. To date, there is no published evidence to indicate that any educational benefit can be directly attributed to the use of these toys. Yet any claim as vague as "developing a child's full potential" or "providing him with appropriate experiences" has little hope of being proved or disproved. Such claims worry parents wishing to provide their child with the best possible start in school. Pressed for evidence, toy manufacturers fall back on educational generalizations, or protest that findings cannot be disclosed lest they fall into the hands of the competition. Educational theorists quoted here proclaim the educational value of most toys to be overrated. (KC)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For a related document see IR 001 609