This paper presents the findings of a large-scale survey (n = 1,049) of the ethnic awareness and attitudes of 3-4 year old children in Northern Ireland. In drawing upon and applying Bourdieu’s notion of habitus, the paper demonstrates how even at this age, the children are already beginning to embody and internalize the cultural habits and dispositions of their respective ethnic groups. This was found in relation to the children’s: friendships choices; preferences for particular national flags; and dispositions towards specific sports associated with their respective communities. Informed by the work of Bourdieu, the paper concludes by arguing for the need for greater use of quantitative methods employing multivariate and multilevel statistical analyses and for these to be based on a more open and meaningful engagement with the findings of indepth qualitative and ethnographic research in this area.
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2008|
|Event||American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting - New York, New York, United States|
Duration: 24 Mar 2008 → 28 Apr 2008
|Conference||American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting|
|Period||24/03/2008 → 28/04/2008|
Connolly, P. (2008). Preschool Children's Awareness of and Attitudes Toward Difference: A Study of 3- and 4-Year-Old Children in Northern Ireland. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, United States. http://www.aera.net/AnnualMeetingOtherEvents/PreviousAnnualMeetings/2008AnnualMeetingProgram/tabid/10931/Default.aspx