PSYCH 500 Learning Team Assignment
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Step 1: In your Learning Team, read and discuss the ERRs located on the course materials page under the Week Seven link.
The articles found under the Week Seven ERR page are as follows:
Bradley, R. H. (1985). Social-cognitive development and toys. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 5(3), 11.
Caldera, Y. M., &Sciarraffa, M. A. (1998). Parent-toddler play with feminine toys: Are all dolls the same?. Sex Roles, 39(9/10), 657.
Klinger, L. J., Hamilton, J. A., & Cantrell, P. J. (2001). Children's perceptions of aggressive and gender-specific content in toy commercials. Social Behavior& Personality, 29(1), 11.
Miller, C. L. (1987). Qualitative differences among gender-stereotyped toys: Implications for cognitive and social development in girls and boys. Sex Roles, 16(9/10), 473.
Schwartz, L. A., & Markham, W. T. (1985). Sex stereotyping in children's toy advertisements. Sex Roles, 12(1/2), 157.
As you discuss these articles, pay special attention to the following topics and issues:
• Toys that may encourage violence and aggression
• Toys that may promote pro-social behavior
• Gender differences in toy selection and preference and/or social encouragement of gender-specific toys
• Cultural influences on toys
Create a brief (one paragraph) written summary of the main findings from these articles, as they relate to the bulleted topics and issues.
Step 2: Within your Learning Team, investigate popular toys on the market today. You can use the internet or visit a toy store to do this research. See if you can find toys that fall into the four categories above; that is, those that may promote aggression, those that may promote pro-social behavior; those that seem to encourage or discourage gender stereotyping; and those that seem to encourage or discourage cultural differences and/or stereotyping. Identify and investigate a minimum of...