Step 1: In your Learning Team, read and discuss the ERRs located on the course materials page under the Week 3 link.
As you discuss these articles, pay special attention to the following topics:
Toys that encourage violence and aggression
Toys that promote pro-social behavior
Gender differences in toy preference
Cultural influences on toys
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 may promote aggression, that may promote pro-social behavior; that seem to encourage gender stereotyping; and those with cultural differences.
Identify a minimum of four toys, one from each category. Discuss your observations about these four categories. You may want to use the following questions as guidance for your team’s analysis of the toys -
How do toys influence self-concept?
What did you observe concerning positive and negative gender stereotyping?
From your review of the literature and your examination of actual toys on the market, do you believe that some toys may increase the likelihood of aggressive behavior in children and teens?
How has your research on toys and aggression influenced your views on the influences of aggressive behavior in children?
Do any of the toys that you have examined promote stereotypes?
Do any of the toys reflect cultural and ethnic stereotypes? What effect can you see this having on the development of self-concept?
How do toys that promote pro-social behavior benefit development during childhood or adolescence?
Create an outline of your team’s findings. Your outline should summarize the toys (minimum of four) you investigated and present your findings on how these toys influence development.
your outline according to APA standards.