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The making of the ordinary child in preschool.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Learning, Aesthetics, Natural science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Pedagogiskt arbete)
Jyväskylä universitet, Finland.
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 55, no 5, 517-535 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article examines parent-teacher conferences in Finnish and Swedish preschools. Previous research has shown that the conferences are mostly about the evaluation of the child. Based on qualitative data, the article studies how this evaluation is done. It asks how the institutional order regarding children is constructed in parent-teacher conferences and what the ordinary child is like that this order presumes. The theoretical framework is adopted from social constructionist research on childhood and institutions. The analysis applies a discourse analytic framework. The results suggest that being and becoming social is the key expectation for a child in Finnish and Swedish preschools; formal education and learning are not often mentioned. In addition, the results show that generational and gendered assumptions are important elements in the institutional order of preschool.

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London, UK: Routledge , 2011. Vol. 55, no 5, 517-535 p.
Keyword [en]
preschool, parent-teacher conferences, institutional order, ordinary child
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71214DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2011.555919ISI: 000299216100005OAI: diva2:446309
Available from: 2011-10-06 Created: 2011-10-06 Last updated: 2012-03-31

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