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Puroila AM. (2019) Who Am I? Shaping Young Children’s Identities Through Everyday Narratives. In: Kerry-Moran K., Aerila JA. (eds) Story in Children's Lives: Contributions of the Narrative Mode to Early Childhood Development, Literacy, and Learning. Educating the Young Child (Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice), vol 16. Springer, Cham.

Who am I? : shaping young children’s identities through everyday narratives

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Author: Puroila, Anna-Maija1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-09-28


Young children have largely been neglected in narrative identity research. This chapter is based on the premise that identity construction is a process that begins in the early years and is formed through the everyday narratives that comprise the daily interactions through which identities are constructed, negotiated, and performed. These everyday narratives provide children with the sense of who they are, who they will become, what kind of children they are expected to be, and the nature of the world in which they live. The chapter is based on research into everyday narratives produced in early education settings. I suggest that four themes frame the construction of children’s narrative identities: the possession of material items; skills and competences; peer relationships; and the child’s relation to the rules and conventions of the child care center.

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Series: Educating the young child
ISSN: 2543-0610
ISSN-E: 2543-0629
ISSN-L: 2543-0610
ISBN: 978-3-030-19266-2
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-19265-5
Issue: 16
Pages: 55 - 75
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-19266-2_4
Host publication: Story in children’s lives : contributions of the narrative mode to early childhood development, literacy, and learning
Host publication editor: Kerry-Moran, Kelli Jo
Aerila, Juli-Anna
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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