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Becoming a person in the preschool: Creating integrated gender, school culture, and peer culture positionings

DE Fernie, B Davies, R Kantor, P McMurray

International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education | Published : 1993

Abstract

This article explores social processes related to the social competence of children evident in preschools and to researchers’ collaborative efforts to understand it. Drawing examples from the authors’ respective programs of research in the United States and Australia, we demonstrate how preschool children struggle to construct their full social membership in classroom discourse - to achieve the often simultaneous accomplishment of oneself as a student, peer, and gendered person. With regard to research processes, we demonstrate how researchers with different but compatible theoretical/research perspectives may widen their interpretive lenses through collaborative dialogue, the yield being a ..

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