Time for transition: children doing transition from preschool class to first grade
2013 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
The aim is to understand the meaning making process of children doing the transition from preschool class to first grade and activities and concepts used to mark and talk about it. The point of departure is to study how children act and shape their own and each other’s everyday life rather than seeing children’s life as shaped only by adults (James, Jenks & Prout 1998). The transition is analysed using theoretical perspectives on time (Hockey & James 1993, Adam 1995) together with concepts such as rites of passage (van Gennep 1960) and socialization (Gaskins, Miller & Corsaro 1992). The method used is ethnography. The material consists of participant observation and interviews from a case study of a group of children doing the transition. With this come ethical considerations due to the closeness of the method and research with children. The analysis shows how time is important for the meaning given to the transition from preschool class to first grade. Different aspects of time (past, present and future) are used to do and make sense of the transition. Understood as set in time, makes it possible to understand this transition in terms of passage. In order to make sense of transition, a movement forward, preschool class and first grade are also talked about in terms of similarity and difference. The time around children’s entrance to school is of recurring political interest in Sweden. Studies of children’s everyday life and understanding in relation to the transition at handare therefore ofimportance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Transition, Preschool class, Starting school, Time
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123101OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123101DiVA: diva2:876441
23th Congress of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA2013), 28-31 August 2013, Tallinn University, Estonia