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ERIC Number: ED406705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Culture Reflection and Re-construction in Aboriginal Children's Community Play: An Analysis of Children's Competence in and out of School.
Tsai, Min-Ling
A study applied an ethnographic approach to present a contextualized interpretation of children's competence as revealed in their play activities outside of school. The purpose of the study was to de-construct claims that Taiwan's aboriginal children cannot make it at school because of their "lacking cultural stimulus." Five play episodes, drawn from a year-long ethnographic study in a school composed of aboriginal students who belonged to the Atayal tribe in the mountain area in northern Taiwan, were videotaped and subjected to a fine-grained analysis. Results indicated that (1) the themes of the community play reflected the children's perceptions of adult concerns and role relationships in daily life; and (2) the conversation and interaction styles in these play contexts contained important elements of the local cultural ethos, such as valuing competence over the material resources, stressing "sharing" in group life, regarding fighting as justified actions for the benefit of the group, and listening to elders when conflicts arise. Findings suggest that the children were very good at taking whatever materials were available in the environment, transforming their meanings into play, and embedding them appropriately and creatively along with the construction of play. (Contains 17 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan