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Learning one's place and position through play: social class and educational opportunity in Early Years Education

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posted on 25.04.2016, 10:29 authored by Julie StirrupJulie Stirrup, John Evans, Brian Davies
This paper focuses on how learning is structured and organised through play in three Early Years Education settings in England, UK. Drawing on the theoretical work of the British sociologist Basil Bernstein and with reference to the structure and organisation of learning, it is argued that the multiple forms of play evident in the three settings are afforded very different status and value in each, influenced by the assumptions practitioners make about children and their families’ knowledge and resources for learning. The effect of such processes is the reproduction, rather than erosion, of social hierarchies inside EYE settings, reflecting those longstanding in wider UK society.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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International Journal of Early Years Education

Citation

STIRRUP, J., EVANS, J.,and DAVIES, B., 2017. Learning one's place and position through play: social class and educational opportunity in Early Years Education. International Journal of Early Years Education, 25(4,) pp. 343-360.

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© Taylor & Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the International Journal of Early Years Education, on 23 May 2017 available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/09669760.2017.1329712

ISSN

0142-5692

eISSN

1465-3346

Language

en