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ERIC Number: EJ897102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
The Interaction between Young Toddlers: Constructing and Organising "Participation Frameworks"
Monaco, Camilla; Pontecorvo, Clotilde
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v18 n3 p191-221 Sep 2010
The study aims at analyzing toddlers' sociability within an early educational context, by adopting a socio-constructivist perspective that considers "school-nursery" (Italian "nido di infanzia") as an important "natural context" that can promote their sociability development. The larger research involved 18 toddlers of 20-40 months of age, who attended an Italian nursery, and their four caretakers. The study used an ethnographical methodological approach: it has been field research within a real life situation and has been based on "semi-participant observation" with different observational instruments. Observational data have been analyzed at three different levels, based on the main principles of activity theory, conversation analysis and discourse analysis. This paper focuses specifically on the construct of a "participation framework": the analysis showed that toddlers are able to co-construct complex structures, based on different interactional levels and diverse communicative registers (e.g., linguistic-verbal versus gestural-physical). In other words, by the end of the second year of life, toddlers are already able to find an implicit intersubjective agreement about "how" they co-construct interactional exchanges and organize their participation, showing the capacity to accept and promote changes and re-adaptations of interaction. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy