Effects of Toys on the Play Quality of Preschool Children: Influence of Gender, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status

@article{TrawickSmith2015EffectsOT,
  title={Effects of Toys on the Play Quality of Preschool Children: Influence of Gender, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status},
  author={Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Jennifer Snow Wolff and Marley Koschel and Jamie Vallarelli},
  journal={Early Childhood Education Journal},
  year={2015},
  volume={43},
  pages={249-256}
}
This study examined the effects of nine toys on the play of 60 3- and 4-year-old children in culturally diverse preschool classrooms. The toys, which varied in their features and intended uses, were selected from a list of those that were nominated by teachers and parents as being developmentally beneficial. Each toy was video recorded for 240 h during free play time in four different classrooms. Researchers coded 828 two-minute segments of children’s play with these toys using a play quality… 
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