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Does Santa exist? Children’s everyday narratives as dynamic meeting places in a day care centre context

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The article attempts to answer the question: What is the nature of children’s everyday narratives in a day care centre context? The theoretical framework of this study is based on a narrative approach. The research material was gathered through applying the methodology of narrative ethnography. The article is based on observational material collected from three groups of children within day care centres over the course of one year. The material was analysed through dialogic analysis of narratives. For the purpose of the article, one narrative is used as an evocative anecdote to illustrate research findings revealing the emerging nature of children’s narratives characterised by fragmentariness, multimodality, collaboration and a complex relationship between narrative and context. The article challenges the predominant formalist discourse on children’s narratives, and suggests utilising the pedagogical potential of young children’s narratives in the day care centre context.

Keywords: children; day care centre; dialogic analysis; early childhood education; narrative; narrative ethnography

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Faculty of Education,University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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