Arthur Stringer School Yard Observation: A study of child interactions

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Running head: OBSERVATION

Arthur Stringer School Yard Observation

Mohemmed El-Aloul


Mrs. Harper

September 24, 2004


Why is it that some children will imitate certain behaviors, while other will simply ignore it and keep doing what they are doing? To understand children's behavior they must be observed in their natural environment with out the interruption on any authoritarian that might change their behavior, to obtain an understanding on which factors affects their behavior and/or personality. Is it the way that some children learn through imitation, the way that they are raised by their parents, or are they simply born with certain traits and they cannot help how they act.

Arthur Stringer School Yard Observation

During the thirty minute observation of the children from Arthur Stringer Public school, one particular boy stood out from the rest of the group, Flash, was the name given to him because of his speed, and endless energy.

He was dressed in a yellow shirt and yellow shorts; at first glance he looked like a normal child that was enjoying his lunch hour with the other children. However Flash, soon ceased playing and began to observe a group of relatively older children who were playing in an aggressive manner, after failed attempts to join the older group, possibly because of the age difference between him and the rest of the group. Flash began to exhibit signs of aggressive and violent behavior towards another child, violent in the way of rough housing and pretend fighting. Why is it that before observing the older group Flash was playing peacefully with the other children, but his behavior changed soon after he observed the older group rough house with each other?

During the early years of life, human behavior is learned through imitation, and through a process of...