Why 'Yuh' Talking to 'Yuhself'? Exploring Role Identity Through Conversation Analysis: Implications for Curriculum and Teaching

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  • Raymond A. Dixon University of Idaho, College of Education
  • Hope Mayne University of Technology (UTech) and Caribbean Association of Home Economists (CAHE)

Keywords:

Primary School Students, Play, Role Playing, Identity, Self Concept, Imagination, Conversation Analysis, Jamaica

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Raymond A. Dixon, University of Idaho, College of Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Assistant Professor

Hope Mayne, University of Technology (UTech) and Caribbean Association of Home Economists (CAHE)

University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica, Programme Director of the Family and consumer Studies Programme and Caribbean Association of Home Economists (CAHE), Research Chair

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