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Toy Preference Among Preschool Children
A study on the relationship between gender and play carried out by observing toy selection in two classrooms of preschool children.
# 108042 | 2,442 words | 3 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper presents a study on how gender stereotypes encompass even the toy preference of preschool age children. The paper tests the hypothesis that, as children become older, they prefer to play with sex-congruent toys rather than toys of the opposite sex. Specifically, the paper seeks to determine if children identify more with toys labeled as their individual gender when they are 3- to 4-year-olds in comparison to 2- to 3-year-olds. The paper describes the methods, procedure, and results of the study and then analyzes those results. The paper concludes with recommendations for conducting future research.

Appendix A

From the Paper:

"We encountered many limitations while conducting our experiment on the toy selection of different genders. Our hypothesis was that as children got older they would choose to play with toys that were identifiable with their individual gender. Conducting our experiment in classrooms that were set up to be gender-neutral made it hard to evaluate this. The activities and toys chosen the most were gender-neutral and therefore did not support or counter our hypothesis. Gender-neutral activities included: drawing, play dough, constructing shape pattern on sheets, going down the slide, generic books (particularly on frogs), puzzles and playing in the sand table."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carter, D. B. & Levy, G. D. (1988). Cognitive aspects of early sex-role development: the influence of gender schemas on preschoolers' memories and preferences for sex-typed toys and activities. Child Development, 59, 782-792.
  • Campbell, A., Shirley, L. & Caygill, L. (2002). Sex-typed preferences in three domains: Do two-year-olds need cognitive variables? The British Journal of Psychology, 93, 203-217.
  • Lobel, T. E., & Menashri, J. (1993). Relations of conceptions of gender-role transgressions and gender constancy to gender-typed toy preferences. Developmental Psychology, 29, 150-155.

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