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An institutional ethnography of young children's communication/difficulties in two specialist settings.

Komulainen, Sirkka. (2004) An institutional ethnography of young children's communication/difficulties in two specialist settings. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey (United Kingdom)..

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Abstract

This thesis is an ethnographic study of two specialist settings in England, where young children's communication and 'communication difficulties' were objects of expert intervention. It describes the intertwining of institutional discourses and practices, which both construct and sustain current, dominant understandings of good and normal communication. Instead of delineating 'communication difficulty' as a matter of disability or individual tragedy, this thesis focuses on the 'socialness' of face-to-face communication. It deconstructs the discourse of communication as a skill, right and need in disability childhood contexts, and the somewhat taken-for-granted importance of communication skills in today's everyday life. On the basis of my findings, this thesis promotes an understanding of communication as a complex, contextual phenomenon, and aspects of 'communication difficulties' as social constructions.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Divisions : Theses
Authors :
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Komulainen, Sirkka.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2004
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Depositing User : EPrints Services
Date Deposited : 09 Nov 2017 12:17
Last Modified : 09 Nov 2017 14:46
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/844271

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