ERIC Number: ED197831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Evaluative Intervention Research in Child's Play.
Yawkey, Thomas Daniels; Fox, Frank D.
Evaluative intervention studies which have examined the potential of imaginative play to foster young children's cognitive and social development provide the focus of this literature review. Four criteria were used to select the studies: (1) the study's focus was on the use of imaginative play to foster cognitive growth; (2) the studies were experimental or quasi-experimental and conducted within the past 10 years; (3) the age of the participant population fell within the range of 3 through 8 years; and (4) the beginning and ending points or the length of time the study was conducted and in operation was 4, 5 or more consecutive months. Investigation of this literature yielded the following results. First, imaginative play can be used for purposes of cognitive and social development in young children. Second, child development theories on which programs rest can influence the type of play exhibited by children in these programs. Third, particular types of programs can have differential effects on the kinds of play shown by children in these programs. And fourth, imaginative play can have differential effects on children depending on their current level of IQ and other selected situational variables. Additional research is further needed to understand the role of imaginative play in children's development. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Economy Co., Oklahoma City, OK.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the Congress of European Studies Conference (5th, Omaha, NE, November 1980).