This thesis examines gender differences in children's play and the possible implications of these differences. This data consists of interviews and extended observations of boys and girls playing the game of foursquare during recess at an elementary school in a small city in the Midwest. Utilizing theories of the socialization of play, and of gender differences in friendly conversation, the findings show that there are differences in the play of boys and girls in their perceptions of competition and personal ability. However, it also shows that there are many similarities in areas such as whom the children like to play with, and the actual moves the children use, and their persistence to stay in the game.


McConnell, David


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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