ERIC Number: ED191593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Toy Preference and Safety Knowledge: A Pilot Survey of Teachers of Young Children.
Evans, Joyce; Stewart, Patricia
This paper describes the procedures, instrumentation, data analysis and results of a pilot study of the extent of teachers' knowledge of (1) toy safety and (2) teachers' and children's preferences for toys. The survey was conducted in the form of a 22-item questionnaire administered during a training workshop for Head Start teachers. Teachers were asked about their professional experience, about the toys in their classroom, the toy preferences of teachers and children, accidents with toys and the need for more information on toy safety. Among the results, teachers appear to prefer Manipulative Toys and Miscellaneous Toys more than they perceive the children as preferring them. Teachers see children as preferring Action Toys and Make-Believe Toys more than do teachers. The teachers indicated that dangerous toys such as darts and roller skates were desirable for classroom use. Other attitudes expressed by teachers concerning the problems of toys and the causes of accidents further indicate the teachers' lack of information about toy safety. A chi-square analysis was run to determine if two factors had any bearing on teachers' responses: education, and whether or not the respondents had children. This analysis is included in Appendix A. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.