An analysis of children’s play behaviors towards toys representing diversity
Fulya Ezmeci 1 * , Esra Akgul 2, Berrin Akman 2
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1 Early Childhood Education Program, Faculty of Education, Erzincan Binali Yildirim University, Erzincan, TURKEY
2 Early Childhood Education Program, Faculty of Education, Hacettepe University, Ankara, TURKEY
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The purpose of this study is to analyze the play behaviors of children aged 60-72 months with respect to individual differences, cultural differences, and special needs differences. The study employs the basic qualitative research method. Fifty-two children enrolled in four different pre-school classes were given toys that featured diversity. The children’s play behaviors were analyzed through the researchers’ non-participatory observations. The data obtained from the observations was analyzed through content analysis. The study showed that while the pre-school children displayed similar behaviors towards both the toys representing individual/cultural diversity and the ones without diversity, their play behaviors towards the toys representing special needs and the roles they assigned to these toys differed greatly in both positive and negative terms.


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Article Type: Research Article

PEDAGOGICAL RES, 2022 - Volume 7 Issue 3, Article No: em0129

Publication date: 18 May 2022

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