Cultures of education in action: research on the relationship between interaction and cultural presuppositions regarding education in an international educational setting

Farini, Federico (2011) Cultures of education in action: research on the relationship between interaction and cultural presuppositions regarding education in an international educational setting. Journal of Pragmatics, 43 (8). pp. 2176-2186. ISSN 0378-2166

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Abstract

Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) is an international organization that offers opportunities for children to learn that, despite national or cultural differences, they are members of the human community in an interdependent world. The most important
CISV program of activities is the ‘‘Village’’, which is a four-week meeting including between 9 and 11 national delegations of 1-year-old children. Since 1951, several villages have been organized on five continents and have involved thousands of hildren. CISV villages place particular emphasis on children’s self-realization, promoting children’s sense of responsibility and their skills in planning and managing social contexts.
In this article, we analyze adult–child interactions recorded at eight CISV villages in Italy during the summers of 2006 and 2007. A total of 412 h of adult–children interaction were recorded in the context of a research evaluating the concrete application of
pedagogical concepts such as the promotion of active participation among children and the consideration of children’s creativity.
We analyze the organization of interactive sequences, adjacency pairs and projections of actions and reactions. Our analysis shows that, despite the emphasis on children’s autonomy, specific interactional devices are used by the adults to maintain control over
the trajectory and the ‘‘agenda’’ of the interactions.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
A. > School of Health and Education > Education
A. > School of Health and Education > Education > Interpreting and Translation group
Item ID: 10920
Notes on copyright: Voluntary deposit by author of authors post-print allowed on institutions open scholarly website including Institutional Repository, without embargo, where there is not a policy or mandate.
Depositing User: Federico Farini
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 08:23
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2018 05:06
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10920

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