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Sherfinski, Melissa; Slocum, Audra – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2018
This case study using ethnographic methods addresses how teachers shape cultural processes related to girlhoods, and the roles of children's play in this dynamic. Poststructuralist theory of the carnival was used to analyze gendered, classed power dynamics within two rural Appalachian preschool classrooms influenced by a popular local festival.…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Play, Gender Issues, Power Structure
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Bligh, Caroline; Drury, Rose – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2015
This article draws together the research findings from two ethnographic studies as a means to problematize the "silent period" as experienced by young bilingual learners in two English speaking early-years settings in England. Most teachers and senior early-years practitioners in England are monolingual English speakers. The children…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnography, Bilingual Students, Monolingualism
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Fernie, David E.; And Others – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1988
Details considerations which suggest the importance of early education and children's socialization to it; integrates relevant socialization theories; discusses ethnography as a research perspective; explains ethnographic procedures used; and proposes a conceptualization of the preschool classroom as a dynamic configuration of school and peer…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Cultural Context, Ethnography, Peer Influence
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Elgas, Peggy M.; And Others – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1988
Findings suggested that: (1) peer culture is not a unitary whole but rather a differentiated social system comprised of various groups and different types of players; (2) objects play an important role in peer culture as entry vehicles and social markers; and (3) play periods are social arenas in which the dynamics of the peer culture are enacted.…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Ethnography, Friendship, Group Dynamics