How does homework 'work' for young children? Children's accounts of homework in their everyday lives

Farrell, Ann & Danby, Susan J. (2015) How does homework 'work' for young children? Children's accounts of homework in their everyday lives. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36(2), pp. 250-269.

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Abstract

Homework is an increasing yet under-researched part of young children’s everyday lives. Framed by the international agendas of starting strong and school accountability, homework in the lives of young children has been either overlooked or considered from the perspective of adults rather than from the perspective of children themselves. This paper redresses this situation by reporting on an Australian study of 120 young children, aged four to eight years, where homework emerges as a key part of their everyday lives. Children’s own accounts of their everyday decision-making, using audio-taped conversations and concurrent paper-based timeline activities, show homework as accomplishing the institutional purposes of the school, while affording the children opportunities to demonstrate their competence in operating in an adult-generated education regime.

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ID Code: 61883
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: early childhood, homework, sociology of childhood, young children, everyday lives, families, schools, teachers
DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2013.814532
ISSN: 1465-3346
Subjects: 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 > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
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Deposited On: 20 Aug 2013 22:32
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2015 05:53

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