Creating a questionnaire to measure fantasy orientation in children is rather an interesting task. We all have heard stories, believed in fairy god mothers, feared monsters and waited eagerly for the Santa. Have you ever wondered when we started distinguishing the reality from the fantasy and how stopping being a child influenced our growth. The purpose of the fantasy orientation questionnaire is to explore the same with the help of relevant literature and various scholarly researches. This essay starts with a critical discussion of what Fantasy orientation is, drawing significant points from various studies conducted on the matter. It continues to conduct an elaborate research with a group of 50 pre-school and kinder garden children aged 2 to 5. It presents arguments on how this questionnaire is relevant in measuring the fantasy orientation among children effectively than other methods.
The ability to distinguish between what is fantasy and what is reality is one of the most basic human cognitive functions; it signifies an understanding of what is ‘real’ and ‘not real’. However there are certain individuals who are geared more towards a greater affinity for the imaginative and the creative. This affinity or gearing towards getting lost in fantasy or towards a high level of imagination is what is known as fantasy orientation, it is often seen as a measure of how much an individual sees themselves as discerning between reality and fantasy. Children have often observed the confusing boundary between reality and perception (Piaget 1930). Dawkins (1995) held that children don’t only confuse fantasy and perception but the tangible and intangible, drams and reality since a very young age. This influence of children’s perception is palpable in their early education, media programming and the behavior of adults with them. Designing a good questionnaire to measure the same and proving is relevance by conduction proper evaluation on its weaknesses and strengths is the key aim of the paper.
What is Fantasy Orientation?
Fantasy orientation is the inclination towards an imaginary world which gives comfort and solace. Some children are able to draw immense morals from the stories heard and apply the solutions given in the fairy tales to the day to day, while many build a distinct barrier between the story world and the human world. The nature of finding more and more succor in the fantasy world is known as fantasy orientation. Very limited studies have been conducted about the link between the development of cognitive ability of a child and its fantasy orientation. It is a common complaint that children who have high level of fantasy orientation tend to shut themselves away from the world. It is also well known such children have immense creativity. Schools have started to use such measures increasingly these days. But, the methodology used to test the students and determine their capability remains highly questionable as it leaves the young...