ERIC Number: ED131917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Black Girls at Play: Folkloric Perspectives on Child Development.
Bauman, Richard, Ed.
This document brings together two preliminary reports on field research undertaken as part of the Children's Folklore Program of the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. This research is an inquiry into the nature and function of the traditional, expressive activities of Black, Mexican-American and Anglo children, of both sexes, between the ages of five and nine years. The principal goal of the research is to delineate developmental trends in children's folklore, with particular reference to similarities and differences in repertoire, acquisition, use, and function, across sex and ethnic lines. The two papers presented here are concerned with the folklore of Black girls. The first study explores the culture-specific functions and implications for socialization of a range of folklore and other play forms characteristic of Black girls from five to nine. The second paper examines the proxemic structure of a series of handclaps, ring plays and line plans, and demonstrates the implications of increasing proxemic complexity upon the sequence in which the forms are acquired in the course of development, and the sequence in which they are played on specific occasions. (Author/MS)
Descriptors: Black Culture, Black Studies, Black Youth, Child Development, Childrens Games, Cultural Traits, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Females, Folk Culture, Peer Groups, Play, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Sex Role, Socialization
Information Division, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 East 7th Street, Austin, Texas 7870l ($3.50, must be paid in advance by check or money order)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.