Investigating an account of children "passing notes" in the classroom

Powell, Kathy, Danby, Susan J., & Farrell, Ann M. (2006) Investigating an account of children "passing notes" in the classroom. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 4(3), pp. 259-275.

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This article draws on the sociology of childhood framework in order to examine one primary school girl's account of how the children in her classroom pass notes to each other when they are 'not allowed to talk at all'. Close examination of the account shows how the girls and boys in this particular classroom co-construct gendered membership activities in order to negotiate the teacher's regulation of their classroom interactions. The girls competently participate in the covert activity of passing notes outside of teacher regulation, whereas the boys competently participate in the overt activity of passing notes, thereby gaining the membership of their male teacher into their activity. The boys draw upon their gendered membership activity as a strategy for collaborating with their teacher in the construction of a new classroom order. This work is an important part of our ongoing study of how children understand and deal with governance in their everyday lives.

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ID Code: 9321
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: classroom interactions, gender, governance, membership categorization analysis, social agency, sociology of childhood
DOI: 10.1177/1476718X06067579
ISSN: 1476-718X
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 04 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:18

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