Do you like dogs or writing? Identity performance in childen's digital message exchange

MERCHANT, Guy, DICKINSON, Paul, BURNETT, Catherine and MYERS, Julia (2006). Do you like dogs or writing? Identity performance in childen's digital message exchange. English in Education, 40 (3), 21-38.

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Link to published version:: 10.1111/j.1754-8845.2006.tb00798.x

Abstract

Over a number of years we have been investigating ways in which e-communication can contribute to children's writing development and how new technology re-frames our understandings of writing in the classroom (Merchant, 2003; Burnett et al, 2004; Burnett et al, 2005; Merchant, 2005). Here we analyse the digital writing of pupils from two linked primary school classes (Year 3–5) in the North of England. Part of the project involved the pupils in communicating about themselves and their interests to email partners of the same age. In this article, we track children's identity performance in informal message exchange and show how this contributed to a final knowledge product. We explore how work that had its origins in representing children's lives and identities reflected their position in wider cultural worlds. This perspective causes us to question whether there are there sufficient opportunities for pupils to explore and express ‘who they are’ in the current content-driven curriculum where public genres are central and personal voice is peripheral.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Education and Inclusion Research
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1754-8845.2006.tb00798.x
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2011 10:10
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2011 10:10
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4019

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