Doing Pupil After Class—Videography at a Children's University

Alexandra König, Miriam Böttner


Based on video data collected at a children's university we discuss how generational order is produced and shaped into different constellations. As a theoretical reference point we use the concept of "socialization as generational ordering" (BÜHLER-NIEDERBERGER, 2011; BÜHLER-NIEDERBERGER & TÜRKYILMAZ, 2014). Analysis of the initial sessions of two different courses at this out-of-school learning facility shows three things: First, how children grasp, work out, and modify rules in such an unfamiliar context and how this makes them accomplices in the production of generational order. Second, how children paradoxically are "doing pupil" as well in this out-of-school setting, revealing the dominance of "school order." Third, by a contrastive analysis of courses, a certain variety of these ordering processes can be found. This variety concerns forms of knowledge and the ways children are addressed; however, the dominance of the "school order" is hardly challenged.



videography; out-of-school learning facility; socialization; generational order; childhood; doing pupil


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