HDP 191 RP#5

HDP 191 RP#5 - to play behavior and gender differences...

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Duong, Xuan 1 HDP 191 RP#5 Introduction Currently gender segregation in the workforce is a controversial and hot topic. But the first sign of voluntary gender segregation starts in the play ground. Preschool children have a tendency to interact in same-sex play groups and this is ever-present across cultures. Factors of nurture, such as society, family, and culture, have been the answers to this mystery of gender segregation. On the other hand, Auyeung and colleagues (2009) take a naturalistic approach on this issue and have found out that one reason for these gender differences in play behavior is caused by hormonal influences on child development. Other previous research, by Colwell and Lindsey (2005), has examined the behavioral aspect for these gender differences by looking at the types of play of children. Auyeung et al. failed to look at external and psychological factors contributing
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Unformatted text preview: to play behavior and gender differences, while Colwell and Lindsey’s study lacked an important factor of playing behavior since they only examined form of play, and not social interaction. This current study seeks to observe that preferences in different play behaviors can be the contributing factor for this gender segregation. Using Colwell’s methodology to observe play behavior, we categorized form of play to four different subcategories. In addition, we added a second factor to observe for social interaction. By observing if each gender’s play behavior differs, implications of the reason for gender segregation in children’s play can be made. So ultimately our study shows how social involvement and form of play help to understand behavior differences in regards to gender. Duong, Xuan 2...
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