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If these walls could speak: reading displays of primary children's work

Thomson, Pat, Hall, Christine and Russell, Lisa (2007) If these walls could speak: reading displays of primary children's work. Ethnography and Education, 2 (3). pp. 381-400. ISSN 1745-7823

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Abstract

The first thing a visitor notices when entering Hollytree primary school is the art-work displayed on every wall. This paper, based on a three-year ethnographic study of the school, mobilizes field notes and interview and photographic data to probe the meanings of this visual 'display'. We argue that the walls (re)produce and promote normative meanings of 'good work', the 'good student', the 'good teacher' and the 'good school', which serve both internal and external purposes. They are also a means of promoting an inclusive culture which, while true of arts activities, may not always be the case in mainstream classes. In addition, the school walls support aspects of the school timetable of collective work, and also constitute resources for children to construct narratives about their collective and individual histories in the school.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2010 10:04
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2010 10:04
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/8683

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