ERIC Number: ED108736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of the Sociodramatic Play Ability of High Socioeconomic Status Black Kindergarten Children and High Socioeconomic Status White Kindergarten Children.
Anderson, Vivian A.
This study was designed to determine if the sociodramatic play behavior of two groups of children would be similar when socioeconomic status was held constant. Subjects were 54 black and 54 white kindergartens of high socioeconomic status. Sociodramatic play is defined as play in which a child takes on a role, elaborates a theme in cooperation with at least one other role player, and interacts with at least one other child both actively and verbally. Play ability was evaluated in terms of six elements: imitative role play, persistence, interaction, verbal communication, and make-believe in regard to objects and situations. Each group of four subjects (two boys and two girls) was studied for one 30-minute period in a special playroom with housekeeping, grocery store, and doctor's office areas. Each child's mental ability was measured immediately after the play period using the Goodenough Drawing Test. Black subjects played significantly better than whites, but no significant relationship was found between IQ scores and level of sociodramatic play. (ED)
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Note: For related document, see PS 007 904; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)