ERIC Number: ED216561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Ethnography of Children's Folklore.
Children's folklore, the traditional formalized play activities of children, includes such speech play as riddles, games, jokes, taunts, retorts, counting-out rhymes, catches, jump-rope rhymes and many other such forms of verbal art. An initial attempt is made to study children's folklore on its own terms, not as a mechanism of enculturation for adulthood. Such a study attends to the ways and contexts in which the folklore is used in the conduct of peer group social life; it is the traditionally shared means for displaying one's competence to others. It is an index to what is important to children in the peer group and to their communicative competence within it. A series of examples drawn from research on the folklore repertoire of 5- through 8-year old Anglo, Black, and Chicano children in Austin, Texas, illustrate the study. The examples touch on ethnic and linguistic differences relating to generic preference and content. The ethnography of children's folklore reveals the impressive range of linguistic and sociolinguistic competencies fostered by children's peer group culture. The indigenous art forms of childhood might constitute a significant resource in the development of culturally responsive, locally relevant art forms in the schools. (AMH)
Descriptors: Children, Childrens Games, Competence, Ethnography, Folk Culture, Participation, Peer Groups, Sociolinguistics
Not available separately; see FL 012 948.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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