Achieving competence: The interactional features of children's storytelling

Theobald, Maryanne (2016) Achieving competence: The interactional features of children's storytelling. Childhood, 23(1), pp. 87-104.

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Early years researchers interested in storytelling have largely focused on the development of children’s language and social skills within constructed story sessions. Less focus has been given to the interactional aspects of storytelling in children’s everyday conversation and how the members themselves, the storytellers and story recipients, manage storytelling. An interactional view, using ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches, offers the opportunity to study children’s narratives in terms of ‘members work’. Detailed examination of a video-recorded interaction among a group of children in a preparatory year playground shows how the children managed interactions within conversational storytelling. Analyses highlight the ways in which children worked at gaining a turn and made a story tellable within a round of second stories. Investigating children’s competence-in-action ‘from within’, the findings from this research show how children invoke and accomplish competence through their interactions.

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ID Code: 79846
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: children, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, second stories, competence, peer culture, narratives, talk-in-interaction, qualitative reserach, storytelling
DOI: 10.1177/0907568215571619
ISSN: 1461-7013
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 > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Discourse and Pragmatics (200403)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2015 02:07
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2016 03:09

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