ERIC Number: ED409092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May-14
Just Who Are These "Bad Guys," Anyway? An Attempt at Redirecting Children's Aggressive Play.
A kindergarten teacher sought to redirect violent and aggressive play in her classroom. Noticing that most of the aggressive acts came from a particular group of boys who played war-like games, she began daily discussions with the 24 kindergarten children about their free play in an effort to subdue aggressive and violent play. To counter images of television police shows that depicted chasing and shooting, the teacher brought in a police officer to explain the many duties of the police. A survey of the parents of 18 of the children indicated that most of the children preferred to watch television in their free time, that 22 percent played video games, that 50 percent played with action figures, and that 22 percent had toy weapons. After several weeks of redirecting the children's play, the teacher observed less aggressive and violent play in the classroom. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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