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ERIC Number: EJ1070134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1745 -7823
Mischief-Making of One Kind/and Another: Unruliness and Resistance in Rural Preschoolers' Free Play
Galman, Sally Campbell
Ethnography and Education, v10 n3 p310-324 2015
While many contemporary popular cultural discourses in the USA recognise and commodify children as distinct persons engaging in the middle-class project of expressive individuation, much public and early educational policy has simultaneously intensified the control and regulation of children, children's culture and children's bodies and emotions in early education settings. Prout suggests that late modern schooling might be characterised by "practices directed at greater surveillance, control and regulation of children" (304). This ethnographic study of a group of three-, four- and five-year-old children in a rural New England community preschool setting explores rural children's lived experiences resisting control and navigating contradiction through unruly, mischievous games and free play. This unruliness is situated in the context of escalating academic demands in early childhood education and resistant rural community culture(s).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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