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Galman, Sally Campbell – Ethnography and Education, 2021
This paper presents data from a multi-year ethnography of a rural preschool in the United States in which children engaged in substantial free and structured imaginative play. An unexpected parent death during the course of the data collection period was followed by a spate of death-related play and storytelling by the children, with varied adult…
Descriptors: Death, Games, Play, Imagination
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MacRae, Christina; MacLure, Maggie – Ethnography and Education, 2021
This article explores emerging findings in a sensory ethnography based in a nursery setting where video data has been co-produced with parents, practitioners and 2-year-old children. The project mobilises Froebel's twin concepts of 'unfoldment' and 'self-activity', reinstating the importance of the sensory-motor register as a form of knowledge…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Video Technology, Educational Philosophy, Parent Child Relationship
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Albon, Deborah – Ethnography and Education, 2021
Scent matters in the lives of humans (and other living creatures). However, thus far, it is largely unexplored in ethnographic work in education. Drawing on and adding to the literature on 'smellscapes' as a way of conceptualising space, this paper adds new insights into early childhood education and care (ECEC) by reporting on the differentials…
Descriptors: Olfactory Perception, Racial Differences, Ethnography, Early Childhood Education
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Raittila, Raija; Vuorisalo, Mari – Ethnography and Education, 2021
This article elaborates the relational ontology in an ethnographic study. The aim is to seek relational construction of preschool practice and how children's positions are constructed in it. The study is based on the understanding that ethnography and relational sociology share the idea that society emerges through repeated relations. The…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Preschool Education, Educational Sociology, Foreign Countries
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Huf, Christina; Kluge, Markus – Ethnography and Education, 2021
This paper engages with the question of how ethnographers in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) can respond to the ontological turn in the social studies of childhood. Against the background of ECEC's deeply sedimented orientation towards the uniqueness of the individual child, the paper wishes to complicate the rationale of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Ethnography, Foreign Countries
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Ulrich Hygum, Catalina; Hygum, Erik – Ethnography and Education, 2021
Drawing on ethnographic data from two Romanian and two Danish nurseries, we explore the agency of children aged 9 months to 2.5 years. Considering action, time, and place, the article reflects on crying as one of the children's agentic practices. We identified five predominant types of crying and analysed peers' and caregivers' perceptions and…
Descriptors: Crying, Cross Cultural Studies, Preschools, Preschool Children
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Hellman, Anette – Ethnography and Education, 2021
The aim of the article is to explore norms about care and masculinity in early childhood education and care settings in Indonesia and Sweden. Building on long-term ethnographic fieldwork, it is shown how care in the two nations was produced as ambivalent for men, causing a risk of being accused of working with children for the wrong reasons. Two…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Masculinity, Early Childhood Education, Child Care Centers
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Gulløv, Eva – Ethnography and Education, 2021
This article concerns young children's social preferences in early childcare in Denmark. Based on detailed and long-term ethnographic observations, the analysis shows how children's choices of playmates are patterned in ways that reflect their various social and cultural experiences in and out of the institutional settings. In general, children…
Descriptors: Preferences, Ethnography, Social Differences, Peer Relationship
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Albon, Deborah; Huf, Christina – Ethnography and Education, 2021
This special issue aims at provoking discussion on the systematic contribution that ethnographic studies in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) can make to enquire into the question: "What matters in early childhood education and care?" In so doing this issue examines "what" matters and "how" ECEC…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Public Sector
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Lönngren, Johanna – Ethnography and Education, 2021
Writing fieldnotes is an important part of ethnographic research. However, there is a striking lack of discussions about how different ways of producing fieldnotes may influence ethnographic research and meaning-making. The use of "shorthand notation" is sometimes mentioned as a tool to increase the speed and efficiency of note-taking,…
Descriptors: Written Language, Notetaking, Ethnography, Field Studies
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Duch, Henriette; Rasmussen, Annette – Ethnography and Education, 2021
Familiarity and distance is an issue that is much discussed in ethnographic fieldwork. This paper focuses on the topic of balancing familiarity and distance when the researcher is directly or indirectly part of the field, which in the study consists of an adult education context of two different teacher-training courses for upper secondary…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Ethnography, Adult Education, Researchers
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Castellsagué, Alba; Carrasco, Silvia – Ethnography and Education, 2021
Education and gender have become central issues within development discourses and practices in Nepal, under the powerful idea that school enables equality for women, collective wellbeing, and the nation's development. While hegemonic approaches to development are being increasingly challenged, critical contributions focusing on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Equal Education, Womens Education
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Unsworth, Ruth; Tummons, Jonathan – Ethnography and Education, 2021
The formation of teachers' professional practice has been discussed in relation to a wide variety of influences, with government prescription of practice often criticised as oppressing professional agency. Set within an ethnographic study within one English primary school, this paper explores the role of intertextuality in the form of intertextual…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Ethnography
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Þrastardóttir, Bergljót; Jóhannesson, Ingólfur Ásgeir; Lappalainen, Sirpa – Ethnography and Education, 2021
This article focuses on how students make use of different spaces in one compulsory school in Iceland and how gender is produced through activities in these spaces. Ethnographic fieldwork was conducted for three months in 2016 among 8th and 9th graders at one public school in Iceland. Our analysis is based on poststructural and material…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Ethnography, Grade 8, Grade 9
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Tualaulelei, Eseta – Ethnography and Education, 2021
Names are used every day in classrooms across the world as an important marker of personal and social identity but educators will, from time to time, encounter names that are unfamiliar or perceived as difficult to pronounce. The present study explores teachers' and students' language dispositions towards names and how naming practices impact…
Descriptors: Naming, Self Concept, Pronunciation, Teacher Student Relationship
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