Tobin builds upon Steve Schultz's argument that young children’s resisting authority in preschool is a rehearsal or training ground for resisting authority later in life. Using this perspective, this article turns to theories of power and resistance to help us understand everyday events in preschools, and to suggest implications for the choices we make as adults who work with young children.

Author Biography

Joseph Tobin is the Basha Professor of Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University. His research interests include cross-cultural studies of early childhood education, children and the media, and qualitative research methods. Among his publications are Preschool in Three Cultures; Good Guys Don’t Wear Hats: Children’s Talk about the Media; Making a Place for Pleasure in Early Childhood Education; and Pikachu’s Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokemon.



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