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ERIC Number: ED442894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 26
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A Look at Youth-Initiated Dialogue in an Inner-City Gardening Program.
Rahm, Jrene
Recent years have seen a growing interest in the role of dialogue in children's learning and conception of self. Most research to date has focused on the elements and functions of classroom discourse and on adult-child or teacher-pupil conversations in educational settings. Little is known, however, about children's informal talk in which children themselves take on a leading conversational role. This paper examines a youth initiated conversation about sexual orientation, which emerged in an inner-city youth gardening program as a group of participants were busy harvesting crops. The macro-level analysis points to the kinds of positions voiced by the speakers, while the micro-level analysis examines the characteristics of the argumentation structure that emerged and its function in the dialogue. The case is made that discourse is an important tool for the construction and deconstruction of meaning and self for inner city youth, and that youth need to be provided with more opportunities to contest issues of relevance to them such as sexual orientation. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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