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ERIC Number: EJ1114120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Time, Things, Teacher, Pupil: Engaging with What Matters
Hohti, Riikka
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v29 n9 p1148-1160 2016
This article presents an empirical study of everyday life in school and a methodological attempt to emphasise children's views and to find ways other than representation to analyse them. The empirical portion took place in a Finnish elementary school in which the author was the class teacher. The ten-year-olds in the class engaged in an unstructured classroom diary activity in which they freely wrote their observations, thoughts and stories. The study takes a relational materialist approach to the children's writings focusing on various moments and gatherings in the classroom as "assemblages" and illustrates how time, things, teacher and pupils are co-produced in them. Temporality and materiality are also considered in relation to research methodologies. Research with children is reconceptualised based on the focus on mattering. The analysis is enacted as a non-linear and nomadic process through retelling and responding to the children's texts. It highlights particular situations, unstabilities, "tiny" things and the complexities of children's lives in educational environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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