Print ISSN: 1017-5636

Online ISSN: 2412-558X

Volume 23 (2015)
Why 'Yuh' Talking to 'Yuhself'? Exploring Role Identity Through Conversation Analysis: Implications for Curriculum and Teaching
Raymond A. Dixon and Hope Mayne
This qualitative study used a modified form of conversion analysis to explore role identity construction of two primary school-aged children (male and female) in the Jamaica context. The participants were engaged in an informal conversation on imaginary play with an adult. Data were collected via the video conference medium, Skype. An analysis of question-answer, lexical choice and category, and perspective-display sequence of the conversation revealed that the adult and the male child expressed concerns about the female child's engagement in imaginary play. The analysis of the conversation also revealed that both children displayed different stages of role construction during the conversation. Implicatioins for curriculum and teaching are discussed.
Keywords: Primary School Students; Play; Role Playing; Identity; Self Concept; Imagination; Conversation Analysis; Jamaica