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ERIC Number: EJ814248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
Reuben's Fall: Complicating "Goodness" and Schoolroom Disobedience
Leafgren, Sheri
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v13 n4 p331-344 Nov 2008
This article offers a snapshot of children's sentient and relational spirituality within a moment of disobedience in a kindergarten classroom. It is a portion of a study that employed a combination of qualitative inquiry (by Eisner in 1998) and rhizoanalyis, adapted from the work of Deleuze and Guattari (of 1987), MacNaughton (of 2005). The purpose of the larger study was to present moments of kindergarten children's disobedience in order to more fully understand the complexity of each moment. Rhizoanalysis was engaged in order to open lateral paths toward new understandings and questions regarding the disobedient actions of children, and so served to destabilise and challenge the known and given texts of children's disobedience and to disrupt the assumptions often made regarding the actions and interactions of young children as "bad" or "good" and offer ways to "see" each moment of interaction as many things--"both" and "neither" bad nor good. The moment of disobedience and discussion offered within this paper focus on the children's engagement with one another as sensory and spiritual, using Hay and Nye's notion of spirituality as awareness-, mystery-, and value-sensing. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten
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Language: English
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