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ERIC Number: EJ942001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
From Home to the Home Corner: Observing Children's Identity-Maintenance in Early Childhood Settings
Brooker, Liz
Children & Society, v20 n2 p116-127 Apr 2006
This article draws on data from two recent studies of young children in early childhood settings. One study was of children in a Korean private kindergarten, the other of children in a UK reception class. In each study, the data discussed include both evidence from "home" (including parent interviews) and evidence from "school" (including conversations with the children themselves) on the gendered and ethnic identities the children display in the classroom. The children's stated beliefs and preferences, and their observed choice of activities and friends, appear to be influenced both by the beliefs and behaviour of their families, and by the early childhood environments they are offered. The transition from home to group settings, it is suggested, may reinforce rather than diminish the stereotyping along gendered and ethnic lines, while participation in "research" conversations may provide a rare opportunity for the children to question and reflect on stereotypes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea; United Kingdom