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ERIC Number: EJ794863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Talking Early Childhood Education: Fictional Enquiry with Historical Figures
Selbie, Philip; Clough, Peter
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v3 n2 p115-126 2005
The use of fictional writing, and in particular fictional dialogue, has gained increasing credibility and popularity within the field of qualitative social science research (Clough, 2002; Denzin, 1997; Tierney, 1998) but research in early childhood education has yet to exploit such methodologies. This article asks: what is meant by the term "narrative inquiry" and how do researchers justify its use in research design and report? The article first argues the place for narrative enquiry in early childhood research. It then demonstrates the power of creating fictional dialogues by illustrating the educational ideas of two historical figures and famous pioneers of early childhood education, John Amos Comenius and Susan Isaacs, through an authored "dialogue" with Philip Selbie. This fictional dialogue explores the meanings of Comenius' and Isaacs' work and their relevance to Selbie's work with young English speaking children in the Czech Republic of 2004. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic