An Ethnographic Approach To Peer Culture In A Turkish Preschool Classroom

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Betul Yanık Mustafa Yasar


The purpose of this study is to examine the features of the peer culture that a group of preschoolers created in their classroom in the province of Kahramanmaraş, Turkey. An ethnographic approach was adopted in this study to obtain an in-depth understanding of children’s peer interactions. The data were collected through variety of data collection methods such as participant observation, interviews, document analysis, and researcher diary for three months period. 20 children, the classroom teacher and the other school staff participated in the study. Descriptive and qualitative content analyses were conducted to analyze the data. The results suggest that the children formed a complex culture through symbols and games to negotiate about the features of day to day interactions in the classroom. In addition, the children resisted against the influences of the teacher by turning places like the washroom and the cafeteria into a nesting area for a deeper level of personal interaction.    


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YANIK, Betul; YASAR, Mustafa. An Ethnographic Approach To Peer Culture In A Turkish Preschool Classroom. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 4, p. 489-496, apr. 2018. ISSN 1307-9298. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 june 2020.


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