Shaping Consciousness in Kindergarten. Conformity to School Norms through the Formation of a Child’s Story

  •  Maria Poimenidou    
  •  Maria Papadopoulou    


Communication is a multidimensional process. No matter what the field of the interaction is, there is always a crucial point in terms of the negotiation of social roles. This becomes more apparent in the field of education where institutional norms influence not only the children’s behaviour, but at the same time the shaping of their consciousness. In this paper, we analyse the interaction between a pupil and his teacher. The field of the activity is a recount of a pupil’s weekend. The aim of this study was to analyze the implicit negotiation of the appropriate behaviour and the socialization according to the school norms. The process of socialization, as it is presented in social psychology, is analysed through the selective use of Systemic Functional Grammar. This methodological combination revealed the way linguistic choices and the construction of the story reflected the formation of the child’s social identity.

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