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ERIC Number: ED448918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 34
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Traditional Gender Role Behaviors in Kindergartners' Choice of Play Activities.
Ligh, Gwendolyn T.
This study examined whether kindergarten-age children showed traditional gender role behaviors in their choice of play activities. Participating in the study were 9 boys and 11 girls, all 5 or 6 years old and attending the same kindergarten class in a middle size, suburban elementary school. Data on student choice behavior were gathered during the daily 45-minute choice time, based on observations and on interviews. It was hypothesized that a greater percentage of male participants than female participants would opt to play in those choice activities that had been determined as traditionally male (such as computers, blocks, Legos, and science table); that a greater percentage of female participants than male participants would opt to play in those choice activities that had been determined as traditionally female (such as art easel, art projects, playing with dolls, and cooking); and that similar percentages of males and females would opt to play in choice activities determined as neutral (such as listening center, library, and sand table). Findings for traditionally male activities that were consistent with the hypothesis were found for blocks, boy dress-up, and Legos. Choice patterns for all traditionally female and neutral activities were consistent with the hypotheses. (Contains 27 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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