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ERIC Number: ED264047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Fantasy Play of Preschoolers as a Function of Toy Structures.
Einsiedler, Wolfgang
Two studies are presented which investigate the influence of various toy structures on the frequency of individual fantasy play forms in 3- to 6-year-old children. In the first study, the effects of high-realistic/high-complexity and low-realistic/low-complexity toy structures were compared. There were significant main effects for the factor toy and the factor age as well as a significant interaction of age X toy in various observational categories. In order to avoid a confusion of toy structures, a second study was conducted in which only the degree of reality was varied, and the degree of complexity was held constant. There were similar effects whereby the results for the fantasy play forms "object imitation" and "object transformation" were rather completely replicated. Differing results from the two studies were interpreted on the basis of the change in toy structure. Finally, the importance for child development of the fantasy play form "object transformation" and the "metacommunication" accompanying play is discussed, including consequences regarding the availability of toys in the home and at preschool. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: West Germany