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Conversation Analysis and Early Childhood Education

The Co-Production of Knowledge and Relationships, 1st Edition

By Amanda Bateman


194 pages

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This book provides insight into the everyday activities co-produced by teachers and young children, demonstrating the fine details of teaching and learning as knowledge is shared through the everyday activities of talk-in-interaction. Adopting an ethnomethodological perspective, together with conversation analysis and membership categorisation analysis, it reveals how teaching and learning are jointly accomplished during activities such as pretend play episodes, during disputes, managing illness and talking about the environment. Through in-depth studies of child-teacher interactions, the book explores the means by which knowledge is transferred and episodes of teaching and learning are co-constructed by participants, shedding light on the co-production of social order, the communication of knowledge and manner in which professional and relational identities are made relevant in interaction. As such, Conversation Analysis and Early Childhood Education will be of interest not only to scholars of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, but also to those working in the areas of early childhood studies and pedagogy.


’In this captivating study of everyday life among children and adults in early education, Bateman skilfully tracks the concrete, lived features of teaching and learning. The result is a participant-friendly account of the Te WhÄ�riki curriculum - a timely and important read for scholars, practitioners and anyone seeking an insider’s view of educational practice.’ Jakob Cromdal, Linköping University, Sweden ’A compelling book that explores multifaceted educational experiences for young children’s learning and knowledge production. The situated activities include play, disputes, the outdoor environment, and caring for an ill child. This rich ethnography of peer and adult-child communication offers unique insights into children’s everyday lives in preschool settings, using ethnomethodology and conversation analysis to address universal interests in the social processes of teaching and learning.’ Susan Danby, Queensland University of Technology, Australia ’This delightful book offers a rich account of everyday interactions between young children and their teachers in early childhood education settings. Through detailed ethnomethodological analysis, Bateman reveals the intricate management and production of ordinary teaching and learning moments, knowledge and relationships. The book is essential reading for anyone with a scholarly or applied interest in early childhood education, and makes a major contribution to studies of children’s interactions and social worlds.’ Carly W. Butler, Loughborough University, UK

Table of Contents

Investigating teacher and child interactions; Teaching and learning as a social process; The research project; Doing pretend play; Relationships and knowledge in disputes; Learning outside; Managing illness: a single case analysis; Knowledge and relationships in early childhood education; Appendix: CA transcription conventions

About the Author

Amanda Bateman is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education at Waikato University, New Zealand.

About the Series

Directions in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

Directions in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis are cognate approaches to the study of social action that together comprise a major perspective within the contemporary human sciences. Ethnomethodology focuses upon the production of situated and ordered social action of all kinds, whilst Conversation Analysis has a more specific focus on the production and organisation of talk-in-interaction. Of course, given that so much social action is conducted in and through talk, there are substantive as well theoretical continuities between the two approaches. Focusing on social activities as situated human productions, these approaches seek to analyse the intelligibility and accountability of social activities ‘from within’ those activities themselves, using methods that can be analysed and described. Such methods amount to aptitudes, skills, knowledge and competencies that members of society use, rely upon and take for granted in conducting their affairs across the whole range of social life.

As a result of the methodological rewards consequent upon their unique analytic approach and attention to the detailed orderliness of social life, Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis have ramified across a wide range of human science disciplines throughout the world, including anthropology, social psychology, linguistics, communication studies and social studies of science and technology.

This series is dedicated to publishing the latest work in these two fields, including research monographs, edited collections and theoretical treatises. As such, its volumes are essential reading for those concerned with the study of human conduct and aptitudes, the (re)production of social orderliness and the methods and aspirations of the social sciences.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects