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Peer culture and play
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8510-5546
2014 (English)In: SAGE Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood  / [ed] Brooker, L., Blaise, M. & Edwards, S., London: Sage Publications, 2014, 342-353 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The importance of children’s peer cultures to their play and to their development of social and cultural identities is examined in this chapter. The concept of peer culture is examined and its theoretical future application is discussed. The chapter draws on the research which has been undertaken in the last decades which shows an increased interest in ethnographic studies focussing on how children use peer friendships to negotiate and construct their own knowledge about their social worlds in surroundings often dominated by adult interests and requirements. Three broad themes prevail in recent research: learning because it is connected to general curricular goals emphasizing the relation between play and learning; gender because such aspects are a frequent topic in children’s play; and everyday life which remains the most common topic in peer culture studies.

Keywords: peer culture, play, learning, gender, every-day life

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London: Sage Publications, 2014. 342-353 p.
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Pedagogical Work
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Educational Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34554ISBN: 9781446252451 (print)OAI: diva2:761292
Available from: 2014-11-06 Created: 2014-11-06 Last updated: 2015-02-03Bibliographically approved

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