We investigated the differential effects of cooperative and competitive board games on 36 first grade students from two elementary school classrooms in rural Iowa. The children participated in three sequential game conditions (competitive I, cooperative, and competitive II), each lasting five to six weeks. The children played 30 minutes each school day. Aggressive and cooperative behaviors were recorded once or twice a week using a time sampling method. It is hypothesized that boys will exhibit more aggressive behaviors than girls during competitive game conditions and that boys will continue to exhibit more aggressive behaviors than girls even in cooperative game conditions. Results show that the aggressive behaviors in this context are not significantly different for males or females. Implications, limitations, and recommendations are also discussed.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Russell, Alexa and Cline, Emily
"Effects of Cooperative and Competitive Games on Behaviors of First Grade Students,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 3:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol3/iss1/10