NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1173507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
The Pirate in the Pump: Children's Views of Objects as Imaginary Friends at the Start of School
Carter, Caron; Bath, Caroline
Education 3-13, v46 n3 p335-344 2018
The main aim of this paper is to use a phenomenological approach (Merleau-Ponty, 1962. "Phenomenology of Perception." Evanston: Northwestern University Press; Merleau-Ponty. 1968. "The Visible and the Invisible: Followed by Working Notes." Evanston: Northern University Press) to contribute a new theoretical understanding of what imaginary friends mean for children in the context of starting school. The paper addresses the specific area of 'object-friends' and draws on examples from an empirical and consultative study of a small sample of five and six-year-old children's everyday experiences of friendship in school. The paper argues that if practitioners consider embodiment approaches and listen attentively to the knowledge and information that children share about their imaginary friends, this could be used to nurture children's early learning.
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 530 Walnut Street Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Tel: 215-625-8900; Fax: 215-207-0050; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A