Images of writing and the writing child

Carina Hermansson

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    Abstract

    This article uses a discursive lens to illuminate how writing and the writing child is constructed in different texts since the nineteenth century. The concept ‘image’ is used as an analytical tool to gain perspective on dominant ideas about children as writers and their educational writing practices. These images are produced in educational practices, theories of writing, societal conceptions and didactic models, which together are referred to as a formation. The article ends by reflecting upon what consequences may be seen if taking a critical child perspective. The article provides an analysis against which writing teachers, teacher educators and researchers can gain a perspective on dominant ideas about young writers and their educational writing practices.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-59
    Number of pages18
    JournalNordisk Barnehageforskning
    Volume4
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Pedagogy (50301)

    Keywords

    • Critical child perspective
    • Early childhood writing education
    • Review

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