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Constituting social membership: Two readings of talk in an early childhood classroom

Danby, Susan J. (1996) Constituting social membership: Two readings of talk in an early childhood classroom. Language and Education, 10(2&3), pp. 151-170.

Abstract

This paper offers a detailed analysis of the speech practices of pre-school aged children engaged in their daily play and interactions by adopting a perspective that recognises young children organising social membership through talk and activity. A reading based on traditional early childhood practices and theories is contrasted with an alternative reading which shows children constructing gendered social membership. This reading constitutes children as persons of gender and power by showing how children are positioned (and position themselves) as teachers, learners and players engaged in their daily play and interactions.

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ID Code: 1260
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: gender, early childhood, interaction, play, preschool
ISSN: 0950-0782
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Discourse and Pragmatics (200403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 Multilingual Matters
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 11 May 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:24

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