9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Theoretical ant Methodological Issues in Researching Childhood and Children's Lives II Building II, C6.01

Talking about children´s strategies to show resistance to teachers in preschool

This paper highlights the face-to-face interactions between parents and teachers in parent-teacher conferences in the Swedish preschool and how the teachers talk about the behaviours and characters those not are appropriate and not expected for children in a preschool setting.
The focus of the paper concerns how teachers talk about the children´s resistance to the social order in preschool and especially how children show resistance to the teachers.

The empirical material consists of twenty audio-taped conferences included in a larger study of parent-teacher conferences in a Swedish preschool setting. The analysis reveals five different strategies concerning the talk about childrens´ resistance to the practitioners and the institution: physical resistance, emotional resistance, social resistance, verbal resistance and resistance through repulsion and avoidance. In addition, the article discusses what is expected of a "normal" preschool child.