Can toys help children overcome prejudice?

Can toys help children overcome prejudice?


My research looks at helping children to make friends with children who might
come from different social groups to the ones that they might see every day on
the playground and overcoming prejudices that they might have. The specific social group that we’re studying at the moment at the Science Museum is children with
disabilities. The research started in 2011 when some of my colleagues were
looking at this but they were looking at it with story
books and with pictures. They were finding effects but I was thinking maybe if we
start looking at this in the realm of 3D world, that might have even
stronger effects because interacting with people in an environment is a 3D
social problem. Particularly if you’re navigating the world with a physical disability. And we found the positive effects again so from now on we’ve been using the
Playmobile and children seem very much more ready to engage with that. The educational implications for this in terms of reducing prejudice across
numerous different groups could be quite something. It shows not just that children want
these toys but they do have very positive implications for ways that we reduce prejudice and for our education
system with children working together in different groups especially as our
education system becomes more diverse.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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