undergraduate thesis
The analysis of pretend play in American (pre-)school children, and its portrayal in movies

Martina Kovačević (2016)
Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Metadata
TitleThe analysis of pretend play in American (pre-)school children, and its portrayal in movies
AuthorMartina Kovačević
Mentor(s)Goran Milić (thesis advisor)
Abstract
This paper examines pretend play, its characteristics and its importance. The defining is done by presenting criteria, suggested by Lorraine McCune-Nicolich, which need to be fulfilled in order to observe the play as a pretend play (e.g. pretending to be someone else, treating inanimate objects as animate, performing actions without necessary materials or by substituting them with others, etc). In the head section, the methods and strategies that pretend play consists of, according to Doris Bergen, are presented. According to Bergen, the methods are role taking (e.g. parent-child), script knowledge, and improvisation; while strategies include joint planning, negotiation, problem solving, and goal seeking. Those components are all again defined, as well as explained and exemplified with the help of several videos from YouTube web page and American movies portraying pretend play among (pre-)school children. The accent is on gender-specific characteristics, and on the observing of boys and girls discourse in specific examples (e.g. how boys and girls give direct orders, or achieve goals with words). Jenny Cook-Gumperz and Amy Kyratzis paper Child Discourse is used as a basis for this part of the research. Finally, it is discussed whether suggested presumptions related to gender division are proven, or not.
Parallel title (Croatian)Analiza igre uloga u američke djece (pred)školske dobi i njezin prikaz u filmovima
GranterSveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Anglistics
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeCroatian Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. croat.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2016-09-23
Parallel keywords (Croatian)pretend play role-taking joint planning negotiation
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:000159
CommitterBernardica Plašćak