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Framing young children’s humour and practitioner responses to it using a Bakhtinian carnivalesque lens

Tallant, L (2015) 'Framing young children’s humour and practitioner responses to it using a Bakhtinian carnivalesque lens.' International Journal of Early Childhood, 47 (2). pp. 251-266. ISSN 1878-4658

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Abstract

This article presents findings from a pilot study offering an alternative framing of children’s humour and laughter in an early childhood education setting. It employs a Bakhtinian carnivalesque lens to explore the nature of children’s humour in an urban nursery and investigate the framing of children’s humour and laughter outside the popular paradigm of developmental psychology. In addition, it addresses the challenge that children’s humour can present for early childhood practitioners, turning to Bakhtin’s analysis of carnival to frame children’s humour as carnivalesque. This conception is then offered as a part of a potential explanation for practitioners’ occasional resistance to children’s humour, proposing that dominating, authoritative discourses within early childhood education play a significant role in this. The article draws on a number of theorists, including Bakhtin more widely, to address reasons why humour is not valued pedagogically within the UK early childhood field and suggests that further research in the area is imperative, in order that we gain a better understanding of the place and significance of children’s humour within early childhood practice.

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First published online 11 March 2015.

Abstract in English, French and Spanish. Main body of article in English only.

Keywords: Bakhtin - Humour - Early childhood education - Carnivalesque -Pedagogy - Practitioner
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 15:19
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 15:58
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/7541
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