The pirate in the pump: children's views of objects as imaginary friends at the start of school

CARTER, Caron and BATH, Caroline (2016). The pirate in the pump: children's views of objects as imaginary friends at the start of school. Education 3-13. (In Press)

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Abstract

The main aim of this paper is to use a phenomenological approach (Merleau-Ponty, 1962. Phenomenology of Perception. Evanston: Northwestern University Press; Merleau-Ponty. 1968. The Visible and the Invisible: Followed by Working Notes. Evanston: Northern University Press) to contribute a new theoretical understanding of what imaginary friends mean for children in the context of starting school. The paper addresses the specific area of ‘object-friends’ and draws on examples from an empirical and consultative study of a small sample of five and six-year-old children’s everyday experiences of friendship in school. The paper argues that if practitioners consider embodiment approaches and listen attentively to the knowledge and information that children share about their imaginary friends, this could be used to nurture children’s early learning

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.1080/03004279.2016.1262887
Depositing User: Carmel House
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2016 12:50
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 14:09
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14365

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