ERIC Number: ED376958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Socialising the Superheroes. Australian Early Childhood Resource Booklets, No. 5, 1989.
Cupit, C. Glenn
This resource booklet addresses adults' concerns about developing appropriate responses to "superhero play" among young children. In order for adults to successfully change patterns of superhero play, it is suggested that they first become familiar with superhero programs and understand the basis of their appeal. The issue discusses superheroes and the culture of childhood, examines children's fascination with superhero cartoons and play, and looks at the nature of children's play as it relates to television superhero cartoons. Why children play superheroes, and the benefits they derive from this type of play, are also discussed. Some common factors of superhero play are identified, including who is involved, where and when this type of play occurs, and what the characteristics are of this type of play. The last section looks at the three basic modes of adult response to superhero play (banning, replacement, and extension), and recommends the strategy of "playscript replacement." Using this strategy, adults teach and encourage alternative activities that meet the same needs as superhero play in ways that children find attractive. The issue also contains a checklist of adult concerns and a number of forms for adults to record their observations of superhero programs and play. Contains nine references. (AS)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Adults, Cartoons, Child Behavior, Childhood Interests, Childhood Needs, Children, Childrens Television, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Play, Pretend Play, Responses
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory, 2602, Australia ($6.25 Australian).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Identifiers - Location: Australia