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The funeral a study of children's shared meaningmaking and its developmental significance
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8510-5546
2005 (English)In: Early Years: an international journal of research and development, 25(1)Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]


This article argues the need to examine communication in joint play situations rather than individual assessments in solitary play situations when childrens development is focused. Informed by Bakhtins dialogical and Moscovicis interactionist perspectives, observations were made of interaction between two girls, aged 3 ½ and 4, playing at holding a funeral ceremony, in the setting of a Swedish pre-school. The analysis shows that new knowledge occurred through negotiations of appropriate actions in play. The childrens interactions resulted in shared meaning-making of the funeral as a ritual of revival.

Key words: shared meaning-making; joint play; pre-school children; social representations.

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Pedagogiskt arbete, Educational Work
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Pedagogical Work Pedagogy
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Educational Work; Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24448OAI: diva2:598215


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