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Pupil's opportunities to influence activities: a study of everyday practice at a Swedish leisure-time centre
Department of Education, Communication and Learning, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0890-6339
2015 (English)In: Early Child Development and Care, ISSN 0300-4430, E-ISSN 1476-8275, Vol. 185, no 10, p. 1556-1558Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The focal point of this article is a discussion of pupils' opportunities to make their voices heard and influence the activity in a Swedish leisure-time centre. The study comprises six weeks of ethnographically inspired field work including data from participating observations and walk-and-talk conversations. Two voluntary activities, referred to here as ‘free play' and ‘thematic activity', are discussed. The study shows that free play can be described as an activity where the staff take their point of departure based on the children's perspectives and the enhancement of democratic values and decision-making. The thematic activity can, as with free play, be described as a stimulating activity which is also in line with relevant steering documents. However, staff members’ points of departure are grounded in an adult perspective, a perspective that focuses on affording ‘good' activities. This results in an activity where the pupils’ opportunities to take part in democratic decision-making differ compared to that in free play.

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2015. Vol. 185, no 10, p. 1556-1558
Keywords [en]
Giddens; decision-making; school-age educare; ethnography; influencing activities
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28479DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2015.1009908Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84938963666OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-28479DiVA, id: diva2:1263047
Available from: 2018-11-14 Created: 2018-11-14 Last updated: 2019-02-06Bibliographically approved

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