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Constructions of girls in preschool parent-teacher conference.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Society, Diversity, Identity. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Learning, Aesthetics, Natural science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9020-3332
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Early Childhood, ISSN 0020-7187, Vol. 43, no 1, 23-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The article investigates the discursive constructions of preschool girls and points to how girls are positioned, assessed and constructed by adults in parent–teacher conferences in Swedish preschools. Using transcripts of audio-taped episodes from parent–teacher conferences, the analysis reveals that gender is an important aspect of the adults’ talk and indicates that a practice like parent–teacher conferences contributes to and distributes conventional and traditional gender roles in the existing preschool context. The girls are positioned as ordinary preschool girls who do what preschool girls should normally do and as disputed “girlish girls” associated with behaviour and characterisations embedded in a historically feminine discourse. Additionally, there are also counter discourses that both challenge and encourage different femininities, including one that draws on masculinity and is regarded as empowering. These contradictions not only show the complexity of the pedagogical practice but also of gender issues in the early years

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2011. Vol. 43, no 1, 23-41 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63891DOI: 10.1007/s13158-010-0024-4OAI: diva2:383630
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2011-01-05 Created: 2011-01-05 Last updated: 2015-06-02

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