Seemingly incompetent, deeply competent participation in a village school classroom

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Yahşi Z.

Etnographic and Qualitative Research Association, Illinois, United States Of America, 26 - 27 February 2018

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Unpublished
  • City: Illinois
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


This paper reports findings from an ethnographic study of social organiation of classroom life and its participation structures in a mixed-grade school clasroom in a traditional farming community in southern Turkey. The study compares the differences in organizations of participation in the interactions of everyday activities between teh contexts of modern classroom and the traditional village life. Findigns show that cultural differences have negative effects on the educational lives of traditional children in school classroom. Theanalysis focus on the role of the teachers’ tendency for taking classroom forms of social organization and competent participation for granted, as the village teacher fails to see the underlying competence in village children’s seemingly incompeten performances. 

The school is located in a traditionally oriented small farming village in teh Adana province, 22 students were enrolled in first through third grades. All grade levels received their education from a single teacher and in mixed grade format.