assignment socialization and toys

The purpose of this assignment is to help you facilitate and apply your understanding regarding socialization, culture, groups, and the Sociological Imagination.

For this assignment, you can either walk through the toy section of a store or examine toy websites. If you prefer to examine websites, here are some suggestions.

Target-www.target.com
Walmart-www.walmart.com
Amazon-www.amazon.com

Take a notebook to record your observations or have one next to you as you look at the websites. You may either take a photograph of the notes or type them up. I encourage you to look at the rubric for this as the field notes are worth quite a bit (50 points).

Examine the toy sections, the types of toys, and the gender differences. Answer the following questions. Each answer should be 5 sentences. Think sociologically and think about socialization.

1. What adult roles are children taught through toys? What adult roles are taught to the girls? What adult roles are taught to the boys?

2. Examine the Barbie doll section and the G.I. Joe toy section from your observations. **If your observations did not include GI Joe, I suggest you go to Amazon and do a search for those toys** What do you see as a sociologist? Be specific. What does the toy represent? How are Barbie and GI Joe different? Are they similar? Be specific. What is this communicating about gender? Relate this back to socialization.

3. Watch the following videos that has a reenactment of the 1947 Clark and Clark doll study (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.and then a more recent version of it as well that spans across cultures: Doll Test (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Doll Test What do these videos tell you about toys and socialization? Be specific and use the videos to help you; make sure you cite which video you are referencing.

4. Read the histories of Barbie (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.and GI Joe (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Read also the short article about the actualities of a life-size Barbie (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Discuss why it is important to examine the socialization through toys. Be specific and use the articles to help you; make sure you cite the articles.

5. Please be sure to include your notes (whether it is a picture or your typed out notes).

6. Please be sure that your assignment is submitted in a .doc, .docx or .pdf.

Assignment Rubric (Socialization and Toys)

Criteria Ratings Pts

Quality

25.0 pts

The student meets the minimum number of sentences in all of the responses. No grammatical errros

20.0 pts

The student meets the minimum number of sentences in approximately 80% of the responses and/or one grammatical error.

15.0 pts

The student meets the minimum number of sentences in approximately 60% of the responses and/or two grammatical errors.

10.0 pts

The student meets the minimum number of sentences in 40% or less of the responses and/or three grammatical errors.

0.0 pts

The student demonstrates minimal effort in the responses and/or four or more grammatical errors.

25.0 pts

Sociological Imagination

25.0 pts

The student extensively discusses sociology, society, and/or social factors in all of the responses.

20.0 pts

The student discusses sociology, society, and/or social factors in approximately 80% of the responses.

15.0 pts

The student discusses sociology, society, and/or social factors in approximately 60% of the responses.

10.0 pts

The student discusses sociology, society, and/or social factors in 40% or less of the responses.

0.0 pts

The student does not discuss sociology, society, or social factors in the responses.

25.0 pts

Research

25.0 pts

The student extensively discusses sociological research in all of the responses.

20.0 pts

The student discusses sociological research in approximately 80% of the responses.

15.0 pts

The student discusses sociological research in approximately 60% of the responses.

10.0 pts

The student discusses sociological research in 40% or less of the responses.

0.0 pts

The student does not discuss any sociological research in the responses.

25.0 pts

Critical Thinking

25.0 pts

The student extensively gives an analysis of the social issues in all of the responses.

20.0 pts

The student shows evidence of analysis of the social issues in approximately 80% of the responses.

15.0 pts

The student shows evidence of analysis of the social issues in approximately 60% of the responses.

10.0 pts

The student shows evidence of analysis of the social issues in 40% or less of the responses.

0.0 pts

The student does not show any evidence of analysis of the social issues in the responses.

25.0 pts

Observation notes

50.0 pts

Has very detailed observation notes on all of the research areas.

40.0 pts

The student has adequate observation notes in both sections and/or has very detailed observation notes in one section but not the other.

25.0 pts

The student has minimal observation notes in one section and adequate observation notes in another

0.0 pts

The student has minimal observation notes in general.

50.0 pts



 
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