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Music in preschool: ”A real f***ing hit song”
Halmstad University, School of Teacher Education (LUT), Research on Education and Learning within the Department of Teacher Education (FULL). (Kulturanalys och estetik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2924-4100
Halmstad University, School of Teacher Education (LUT), Research on Education and Learning within the Department of Teacher Education (FULL). (Kulturanalys och estetik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0965-8805
2013 (English)In: NZDC: New Zealand Discourse Conference: The Fourth Bienniel New Zealand Discourse Conference: Abstract Book: 2-4 December 2013, Auckland: Institute of Culture, Discourse & Communication, AUT University , 2013, 35-35 p.Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During the last decades neoliberal ideas have increased its influence in society at large, as well as in education and preschool. Children’s freedom of doing and becoming what they want, and that everything is possible, become central issues in this perspective. However, this freedom could be a treacherous chimera as individual choice also is constrained by economic logics and the power of the market. The aim of this ongoing project is to study how children’s everyday music culture is related to activities in preschool and to discuss this in the light of neoliberal ideas and theories of modernity. Data consists of group conversations with preschool teachers and video observations of music activities during spring 2013. The theoretical framework is built on social constructionist and poststructuralist theory with discursive psychology and discourse theory as methodological approach.

The result shows that the yearly TV-broadcasted song-contest in Sweden makes a great over all influence on children and adults. Our empirical result also indicates that preschool children are imitating the contest by staging their own song contest shows, while the preschool teachers are positioned as a passive audience by themselves and by the children. During group conversations the 1970th politicized education, with a clear upbringing goal according to preschool music, is discussed. Pedagogues explain that such governing would not be accepted in today’s preschool.

The findings indicate that children’s initiatives are superior to teachers’ impact in preschool activities, but the content is simultaneously subordinated the laws of the market. At the same time the power of the market becomes legitimated by the idea of the independent child. This governing of preschool is considered to be in great need of further discussion and problematization. 

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Auckland: Institute of Culture, Discourse & Communication, AUT University , 2013. 35-35 p.
Keyword [en]
preschool, music, everyday culture, discourse analysis
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-24811OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-24811DiVA: diva2:703810
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NZDC, New Zealand Discourse Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 2-4 December 2013
Available from: 2014-03-09 Created: 2014-03-09 Last updated: 2015-08-21Bibliographically approved

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