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ERIC Number: EJ1086139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
A Reflection on Bakhtin's "Epic and Novel" in the Context of Early Childhood Student Teachers' Practicum
Naughton, Christopher
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v35 n1 p93-101 Jan 2016
It is common in early childhood education (ECE), for student teachers to be asked to reflect on incidents or scenarios that occur while on practicum and relate their reflections to "theory." This process of identification and corroboration, demonstrates the student's familiarity with the dominant developmental narratives within which ECE is situated. The pressure on students to conform to prescribed theory and the local narratives of the practicum context can, however, make it difficult for them to question both the texts they are asked to apply in their teaching, as well as the practice they are observing and seeking to engage. In Bakhtinian theory, "voice" is promoted through a community of learning, and a critical engagement creating new knowledge and subsequent practice. This theme of developing a critical voice for ECE students is the subject matter of this paper, with reference to practicum experience and Bakhtin's essay, "Epic and Novel: Towards a Methodology for the Study of the Novel." (Bakhtin 1982).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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