Kamratkulturer i förskolebarns lek
Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The research in this thesis attempts to understand what happens when children (3-6 years of age) interact with each other in the context of free play in two pre-school settings when adults are not involved. The aim of the study was to get a closer look at how children create relationships and how they protect and defend their interactional spaces. Data was gathered through ethnographically inspired methodology, using video observation to capture the everyday interactions of the children. Results were analyzed using a phenomenological approach to peer cultures. Previous research suggests that it is very important for children to maintain their interactions with peers and gaining access to play. We have studied how children shape and interrupt relationships, and what strategies they mainly use to exclude undesired participants from play activities. Our results indicate that it was a hard task for the children to gain access to playgroups in these two pre-school settings, and that the children often jointly constructed a number of strategies for excluding other children from their play. The results also showed a considerable difference between the pre-school settings, both regarding the conception of status, themes of play and the way the children chose to protect their interactional space. Our study has shown legible examples of how peer cultures are under influence of local circumstances at these two specific settings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 58 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier, 2012vt00053
pre-school, video ethnography, peer cultures, access rituals, free play
förskola, videoetnografi, kamratkulturer, tillträdesstrategier, fri lek
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176620OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-176620DiVA: diva2:536191
Subject / course
Teacher Education Programme
2012-06-01, Uppsala, 11:31 (Swedish)
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Gustafson, Katarina, Fil. Dr.