ERIC Number: EJ812761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
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Spaces of Participation in Pre-School: Arenas for Establishing Power Orders?
Lofdahl, Annica; Hagglund, Solveig
Children & Society, v21 n5 p328-338 Sep 2007
This article reports an ethnographic study of pre-school children's social knowledge domains. Results show how the children's shared knowledge concerning social status and social differentiation in the group was strengthened and confirmed during a traditional teacher-led ring game, where they were supposed to choose a friend. We suggest that from the perspective of the children, the game situation may be understood as, at the same time, a space of participation and an arena for establishing the power order. From the perspective of the teacher, pedagogical intentions may be challenged as they encounter and are mediated and interpreted by children's peer-cultures.
Descriptors: Social Status, Ethnography, Preschool Children, Knowledge Level, Social Influences, Social Attitudes, Teacher Influence, Friendship, Peer Relationship, Social Stratification, Power Structure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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