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Pellegrini, A. D.; Perlmutter, Jane C. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1987
Describes factor analysis of preschool children's play behavior, as measured by the Smilansky-Parten play matrix. Varimax rotation solution suggests three factors: Dramatic-Constructive Play, Solitary Behavior, and Functional-Constructive Play. Study suggests that these factors represent constructs of preschoolers' play. (Author/RWB)
Descriptors: Behavior Development, Behavioral Science Research, Cognitive Development, Education
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Trawick-Smith, Jeffrey – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1990
Thirty-two preschoolers were observed while they played with realistic play props and nonrealistic play materials in an effort to determine whether realism of play objects was related to overall symbolic object transformation. Boys of all ages and girls under age five demonstrated greater symbolic activity with realistic play props. (SH)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Behavior Development, Comparative Analysis, Preschool Children
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Bagley, Donna M.; Klass, Patricia H. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1997
Documented differences in the quality of play in thematic and housekeeping organizational patterns of the sociodramatic play center in a preschool classroom. Found the thematic organization resulted in higher quality sociodramatic play in which the children enacted more roles outside the home, utilized more aspects of their roles, demonstrated…
Descriptors: Behavior Development, Dramatic Play, Learning Centers (Classroom), Preschool Children
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Garnier, Catherine; Cucumel, Guy – Canadian Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 1997
Questioned day care center children during free play about their collective activity to determine how the representation of cooperation is structured and what kind of transformation appears during development. Found a developmental trend of representation of group activity after age 2. Results highlight the importance of group and day care center…
Descriptors: Behavior Development, Child Behavior, Child Development, Cooperation