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Anthropomorphically speaking: on communication between teachers and children in early childhood biology education
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Barndom, Lärande och Utbildning (BALU). (Barndom, Lärande och Utbildning (BALU), Learning In Science and Mathematics (LISMA))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7276-5422
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this study a particular kind of figurative language, so-called anthropomorphic speech, is analysed in the context of science activities in a preschool setting. Anthropomorphism means speaking about something non-human in human terms. Can any systematic pattern be seen with regard to when such speech is used? Do children and/or teachers introduce this kind of talking and how is it responded to by the interlocutor(s)? Of 128 instances of anthropomorphism found, 24 were made by the children and 104 by the teachers. Children sometimes respond in line with the introduction of such speech but they also at times reject this way of speaking. Anthropomorphic speech is discussed as a strategy for the teachers in handling the dilemma of how to connect with children’s experiences and terms, on the one hand, and developing children’s understanding, on the other hand.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
anthropomorphism, early childhood education, figurative language, prescool, science
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-9813OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-9813DiVA: diva2:563020
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EECERA Conference, Geneva and Lausanne, 14-17 September 2011.
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delstudie avhandling
Available from: 2012-10-27 Created: 2012-10-27 Last updated: 2016-04-01Bibliographically approved

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