Little big boys: a study of peers, power and pedagogy

Hickey, Christopher and Keddie, Amanda 2001, Little big boys: a study of peers, power and pedagogy, in EERA 2001 : European Educational Research Association annual conference, European Educational Research Association, France, pp. 1-15.


Title Little big boys: a study of peers, power and pedagogy
Author(s) Hickey, Christopher
Keddie, Amanda
Conference name European Educational Research Association. Conference (2001 : Lille, France)
Conference location Lille, France
Conference dates 5-8 September 2001
Title of proceedings EERA 2001 : European Educational Research Association annual conference
Publication date 2001
Start page 1
End page 15
Publisher European Educational Research Association
Place of publication France
Summary In this paper we will argue that the dominant discourse on young males 'at risk' focuses too narrowly on the adolescent and young adult years. There is a tendency to individualise, both practically and theoretically, behaviours that are thought to substantiate the application of this category. Against this backdrop, we report on a study undertaken with a group of 6-8 year old boys in a primary school setting. The research was compiled around the interactions of an 'affinity group' of five young males across a six-month period. Prominent in our discussion of this data will be, the contextual nature of behaviour and identity, the influential role of the peer group, and the desire to 'other' in defining the self. We conclude by considering some of the implications this work has for the way mainstream schooling is structured and practiced.
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category L1 Full written paper - refereed (minor conferences)
Copyright notice ©2001, European Educational Research Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30015517

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Scientific and Developmental Studies in Education
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