Through a conversation analytic approach, we investigate the emergence of accounts provided by autistic children in small-group discussions. Nine Finnish children (7–10 years old) attending school with special support participated in a five-month-duration pedagogical practice purposefully designed to enhance children’s participation in groups. We analyzed videos of sharing circles where children discussed their ideas and interests. Our data show three different account structures, which created different modes of children’s participation and gradually changed how they positioned themselves in the group. Results show how accounts can create different focuses of attention; reveal children’s reflections on what is relevant to them, and how to promote the exchange of ideas within a small group. Implications for the development of educational practices are discussed.
- Social competencies
- Social interactions
Publication forum classification
- Publication forum level 2
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology