Childhood Social Development: Gender Differences and Children's Play

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    • 00:01

      [In this experiment children demonstratewhether they choose to play with a childbecause that child is the same sexor because that child likes to play with the same kindsof toys that they do.This helps to clarify the origins of sex segregationin play.]

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      SPEAKER 1: Chace, this kid likes to play with this toy.And this kid likes to play with this toy.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: Which of those kids would you like to play with?You'd like to play with this kid?Can you tell me why?

    • 01:04

      SPEAKER 2: Because-- because I like that toy.

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      SPEAKER 1: You like that toy.So that would be fun to play with that kid.Right?OK.Now, this kid likes to play with this toy.Do you know what that is?

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      SPEAKER 2: Dinosaurs.

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      SPEAKER 1: Mm-hmm.And it's a coloring book.A coloring book for dinosaurs.We were just looking at dinosaurs.Weren't we?And this kid likes to play with this toy.

    • 01:53

      SPEAKER 2: A kite.

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      SPEAKER 1: A kite.Chace, which of those kids would you like to play with?Oh.You'd like to play with this kid who likesto play with the coloring book.Good answer.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: Now, this kid likes to play with this toy.

    • 02:28

      SPEAKER 2: The girl?

    • 02:30

      SPEAKER 1: The girl.And this kid likes to play with this toy.Which of those kids would you like to play with?

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: You'd like to play with this kid?Could you tell me you why?

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      SPEAKER 2: Because I like it.

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      SPEAKER 1: Oh, you like it?You like the baby doll?OK.That's a nice answer.Thank you.

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      SPEAKER 1: Abby, this is the toy that this kidlikes to play with.And this is the toy that this kid likes to play with.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: Which kid would you like to play with?[EXHALING]

    • 03:43

      SPEAKER 3: This one.

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      SPEAKER 1: OK.Abby, you said she would like to play with this kid.OK.I'm going to take these back.Hmm.This kid likes to play with this toy.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: And this kid likes to play with this toy.Which kid would you like to play with?

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      SPEAKER 3: This one.

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      SPEAKER 1: OK.And could you tell me why?

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      SPEAKER 3: Why?Because, well, if you-- I like to color.And if he likes to color, I would choose himbecause I love to color.

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      SPEAKER 1: OK.

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      SPEAKER 3: And he likes to color, too.

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      SPEAKER 1: All right.That makes good sense to me.He's doing something that you'd like to do.Right?OK.Now, this kid likes to play with this toy.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: And this kid likes to play with this toy.Which kid would you rather play with?

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      SPEAKER 3: This one.

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      SPEAKER 1: OK.So Abby would rather play with this kid.And would you please tell me why?

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      SPEAKER 3: Why?Because, well, first of all, it'sreally weird that he actually plays with a baby.

    • 05:45

      SPEAKER 1: Mm-hmm.

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      SPEAKER 3: And second of all-- second of all, sometimes,I play with dolls and-- you know, so.Yep.

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      SPEAKER 1: OK.So does that seem like that would be fun?OK.I can understand that.Thank you.

    • 06:04

      SPEAKER 1: Nicholas, this kid likes to play with this toy.And this kid likes to play with this toy.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: Which of those kids would you like to play with?

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      SPEAKER 4: This one.

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      SPEAKER 1: OK.Can you tell me why you'd like to play with this kid?

    • 06:38

      SPEAKER 4: Because I like trucks.

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      SPEAKER 1: OK.So that would be more fun.Huh?This boy likes to play with this boy.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: And this child likes to play with this toy.And I think this picture is a little hard to see.Can you tell me what this is, please?

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      SPEAKER 4: A jigsaw puzzle.

    • 07:14

      SPEAKER 1: It is.It's not a very good picture of a jigsaw puzzle,but you're right.Which of those children would you like to play with?

    • 07:28

      SPEAKER 4: This one.

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      SPEAKER 1: OK.Can you tell me why this is the child you'd like to play with?

    • 07:36

      SPEAKER 4: Because I like solving things.

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      SPEAKER 1: You like puzzles?OK.This child likes to play with this toy.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: And this child likes to play with this toy.Which of those children would you like to play with?

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      SPEAKER 4: This one.

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      SPEAKER 1: So you would enjoy playingwith this child with this toy.Would you again tell me why, please?

    • 08:26

      SPEAKER 4: Because I like trucks.

    • 08:28

      SPEAKER 1: You like trucks.Good answer.

    • 08:30

      SPEAKER 1: I'm with Jasmine.She is 10 years old, and we're goingto talk about play preferences.And Jasmine, let me remind you, there'sno right answer no wrong answer.It's just whatever you think.

    • 08:45

      SPEAKER 5: Mm-hmm.

    • 08:46

      SPEAKER 1: OK.This kid I likes to play with this toy.And this kid likes to play with this toy.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: Which of those kids would you like to play with?

    • 09:18

      SPEAKER 5: I would probably-- I could really either.

    • 09:21

      SPEAKER 1: Mm-hmm.

    • 09:21

      SPEAKER 5: But I might play with this kid.

    • 09:25

      SPEAKER 1: OK.Could you tell me why?

    • 09:29

      SPEAKER 5: Well, I don't really have an interest in trucks,so I would probably play with this kid.There's no reason I wouldn't play with this kid, though, so.

    • 09:40

      SPEAKER 1: Mm-hmm.Mm-hmm.

    • 09:41

      SPEAKER 5: But I would play with that kid.

    • 09:43

      SPEAKER 1: But if I say would you rather--

    • 09:45

      SPEAKER 5: Yeah.I would rather--

    • 09:45

      SPEAKER 1: This would be the one?OK.

    • 09:47

      SPEAKER 5: I like that one.

    • 09:48

      SPEAKER 1: It makes sense to me.This kid likes to play with this toy.And this kid likes to play with this toy.Now, this isn't such a great picture, so let me make sure.

    • 10:12

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: Do you know what that is?

    • 10:14

      SPEAKER 5: They're puzzles.

    • 10:15

      SPEAKER 1: OK.Which of those kids would you rather play with?

    • 10:21

      SPEAKER 5: I would probably play this onebecause I really love puzzles.

    • 10:25

      SPEAKER 1: Oh, OK.So this person-- toy would be fun to play with.

    • 10:34

      SPEAKER 5: Mm-hmm.

    • 10:34

      SPEAKER 1: OK.This kid really likes to play with this toy.And this kid really likes to play with that toy.

    • 10:59

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: Which of those kids would you rather play with?

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      SPEAKER 5: I would still play with him.

    • 11:07

      SPEAKER 1: OK.

    • 11:07

      SPEAKER 5: Because I don't really like trucks.[CHUCKLING]

    • 11:11

      SPEAKER 1: OK.So you would play with this kid because helikes to play with dolls.Right?

    • 11:18

      SPEAKER 5: Mm-hmm.Yeah.[CHUCKLING]

    • 11:22

      SPEAKER 1: That was exactly what I was asking you.Thank you.

Childhood Social Development: Gender Differences and Children's Play

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Abstract

Dr. Joyce Munsch demonstrates a research study into gender and play. She asks boys and girls of different ages to express a preference for playing with a boy or girl, depending on the toy involved. The children express a preference for particular toys, no matter if they are associated with boys or girls.

Childhood Social Development: Gender Differences and Children's Play

Dr. Joyce Munsch demonstrates a research study into gender and play. She asks boys and girls of different ages to express a preference for playing with a boy or girl, depending on the toy involved. The children express a preference for particular toys, no matter if they are associated with boys or girls.

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