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Children's Autonomous Space And Their Possibilities To Make Their Own Decisions In An Increasingly Institutionalized And Pedagogized Everyday Life
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, School Based Research, Social Studies and Didactics. Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Global Studies.
(English)In: AnthropoChildren, E-ISSN 2034-8517Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Childhood of today is said to be becoming increasingly institutionalized, schedulized and pedagogized; children spend more and more time in activities supervised and controlled by adults. In a country like Sweden there is clear evidence of this. Some argue that this hampers children’s autonomy, their possibilities to move freely and make their own decisions. To examine this suggested development, the present article uses ethnographic material from a study on children’s visits, with their pre-schools and schools, to a science center – a pedagogical establishment. The article shows that, during visits to the science center, the pedagogues working there and the teachers joining the children from their pre-schools and schools control and structure the visit and what the children can do during a visit in different ways. Nevertheless, the children manage to find opportunities to make their own decisions, to act as they please and to pursue their own agendas, despite and/or in accordance with the pedagogical intentions of the science center and the various pedagogues and teachers. Thus, while children’s everyday life is increasingly institutionalized, schedulized and pedagogigized, children still manage to create free space in their everyday life.

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The University of Liège.
Keyword [en]
Children, childhood, everyday life, institutionalization, pedagogization, autonomy
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Social Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37225OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37225DiVA: diva2:1139408
Available from: 2017-09-07 Created: 2017-09-07 Last updated: 2017-09-07Bibliographically approved

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