Anthropomorphically speaking: on communication between teachers and children in early childhood biology education

Susanne Thulin, Niklas Pramling

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    In this study a particular kind of figurative language, so-called anthropomorphic speech, is analysed in the context of science activities in a preschool setting. Anthropomorphism means speaking about something non-human in human terms. Can any systematic pattern be seen with regard to when such speech is used? Do children and/or teachers introduce this kind of talking and how is it responded to by the interlocutor(s)? Of 128 instances of anthropomorphism found, 24 were made by the children and 104 by the teachers. Children sometimes respond in line with the introduction of such speech but they also at times reject this way of speaking. Anthropomorphic speech is discussed as a strategy for the teachers in handling the dilemma of how to connect with children's experiences and terms, on the one hand, and developing children's understanding, on the other hand.

    OriginalspråkEngelska
    Sidor (från-till)137-150
    Antal sidor13
    TidskriftInternational Journal of Early Years Education
    Volym17
    Utgåva2
    DOI
    StatusPublicerad - 2009

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