Playful Talk: The Interspace between Home and School Discourse

Gregory, Eve E.. 2005. Playful Talk: The Interspace between Home and School Discourse. Early Years, 25(3), pp. 223-236. ISSN 0957-5146 [Article]

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The paper reminds readers of the importance of ‘playful talk’ in bridging home and school discourses. Through a number of excerpts of bilingual and monolingual children drawn from homes and classrooms over the past decade, it illustrates how school discourse may be taken home and transformed into ‘home talk’ through play. During this transformation, children take ownership of both the language and cultural practice of the classroom. Similarly, it shows the importance of providing the interspace for children to bring home talk into classrooms during socio‐dramatic play. The paper also illustrates the role of family members, particularly siblings and grandparents, in enabling young children to construct bridges between home and school during play activities. Finally, the paper stresses the importance of teachers in recognizing children's different linguistic and cultural resources in their classroom practices and provision.

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Play , Culture, Siblings, Grandparents, Homes, Classrooms

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Educational Studies



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15 Jul 2015 13:08

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27 Jun 2017 09:13

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