Faculty Publications

Title

Peer relationships and internally persuasive discourse

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Bakhtin, Dialogic pedagogy, Internally persuasive discourse, Peer interaction, Preschoolers

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Learning, Culture and Social Interaction

Volume

9

First Page

95

Last Page

104

Abstract

This study explored Bakhtin's theories of dialogism focusing on the concept of internally persuasive discourse in a group of five 4- to 5-year-old children, when they engage in conversations about the theory of the cello's sound production in a naturalistic preschool setting. The author conducted participant-observation in the conversations with the children, minimizing authority on the flow of conversations to allow internally persuasive discourse among them. The findings of qualitative analyses, based upon the grounded theory approach (Glaser & Strauss, 1967), generated three themes: 1) recognizing new pals that have similar ideas as mine [the child's]; 2) dealing with conflicting ideas between best friends; 3) continuing peer interaction to understand and test different ideas. The current study has implications for an early childhood educator's endeavor to build a respectful and intellectually rigorous classroom environment for young children.

Original Publication Date

6-1-2016

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.lcsi.2016.02.004

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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