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ERIC Number: EJ1138756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1838-0689
An Everyday and Theoretical Reading of "Perezhivanie" for Informing Research in Early Childhood Education
Fleer, Marilyn
International Research in Early Childhood Education, v7 n1 p34-49 2016
The concept of "perezhivanie" has received increasing attention in recent years. However, a clear understanding of this term has not yet been established. Mostly what is highlighted is the need for more informed theoretical discussion. In this paper, discussions centre on what "perezhivanie" means for research in early childhood education. "Perezhivanie" as a phenomenon is discussed in relation to "perezhivanie" as the unity of emotions and cognition, "perezhivanie" as a prism (Veresov, 2014), "perezhivanie" as a unit of analysis (Bozhovich, 2009), and "perezhivanie" as a double subjectivity in play/art (Davis et al., 2015). The latter theoretical reading re-introduces one of Vygotsky's (1925/1971) earliest conceptions of art and play from "The Psychology of Art." Through an analysis of how others have discussed the concept from the perspective of an everyday reading and a theoretical analysis, this paper takes up the challenge of conceptualising "perezhivanie" in relation to research. Four design principles underpinning a research method to investigate children in early childhood settings are introduced: the child's perspective, an indivisible unit of relations, differing "perezhivanie," and levels of consciousness. Together, these principles for research provide a more nuanced reading of this concept, and contribute to the current discussions found in the literature where some clarification is needed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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