Everyday preschool talk about Christchurch earthquakes

Bateman, Amanda, Danby, Susan J., & Howard, Justine (2013) Everyday preschool talk about Christchurch earthquakes. Australian Journal of Communication, 40(1), pp. 103-121.

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This article investigates young children’s interactions with their peers and teachers following the events of the Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand on September 2010 and February 2011. Drawing on conversation analysis and psychological literature, we focus on one outdoor excursion to visit a broken water pipe caused by the earthquake to show how the teacher and children mutually accomplished trouble telling and storying. A particular feature of talk was the use of pivotal utterances to transition from talking about the damaged environment, to talking about reflections of actual earthquake events. This article shows how teachers initiate and prompt children’s informal and spontaneous story telling as an interactional resource for discussing traumatic events.

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ID Code: 56175
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: earthquake, storytelling, early childhood education, preschool, conversation analysis, CEDM, Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management
ISSN: 0811-6202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Authors
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2013 01:00
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2014 13:33

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