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ERIC Number: EJ906241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Children's Narrating as a Way of Learning about Other People's Beliefs in Interaction with Teachers
Gjems, Liv
Early Childhood Education Journal, v38 n4 p271-278 Dec 2010
As a genre of talk, narratives represent important building blocks in children's learning in many fields. The purpose of the study presented in this article is to examine how teachers can encourage children's learning about people's beliefs through narrating. Narratives play an important part in children's learning to understand other people and how they will act according to what they believe, think or know. This study is based on video observations of six children, 3 and 4 years old, and their spontaneous personal narratives told to teachers over a period of 8 months. The narrative analysis revealed that in most of the narratives the teachers were passive listeners or were concerned about the structure of events. The teachers seldom asked questions about the children's mental state or disagreed with the child in ways that revealed their different beliefs. Suggestions about implications of this study are that early childhood teacher education should focus on talking with children about what they may think or believe concerning narrated events, and also reveal what they think and believe themselves. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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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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