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ERIC Number: EJ952368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Does Santa Exist? Children's Everyday Narratives as Dynamic Meeting Places in a Day Care Centre Context
Puroila, Anna-Maija; Estola, Eila; Syrjala, Leena
Early Child Development and Care, v182 n2 p191-206 2012
The article attempts to answer the question: What is the nature of children's everyday narratives in a day care centre context? The theoretical framework of this study is based on a narrative approach. The research material was gathered through applying the methodology of narrative ethnography. The article is based on observational material collected from three groups of children within day care centres over the course of one year. The material was analysed through dialogic analysis of narratives. For the purpose of the article, one narrative is used as an evocative anecdote to illustrate research findings revealing the emerging nature of children's narratives characterised by fragmentariness, multimodality, collaboration and a complex relationship between narrative and context. The article challenges the predominant formalist discourse on children's narratives, and suggests utilising the pedagogical potential of young children's narratives in the day care centre context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland