ERIC Number: ED289602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Play, Problem Solving and Creativity in Young Children.
Meta-analyses of the hypotheses that relationships exist between play and problem solving, and between play and creativity, were conducted. The data set for the meta-analyses included studies designed to investigate the relationship between play and fluency or originality, or between play and problem-solving behavior. The meta-analyses of creativity studies reveal a small but significant relationship between play and originality for familiar objects, but not for unfamiliar objects, and no relationship between play and fluency. The meta-analysis of problem solving studies showed heterogeneous effects for the total sample. About 100 references are listed. Appendixes include a discussion of the meta-analytic procedures used, and tables which present data from the studies analyzed. (PCB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987).