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Action with friction: a transactional approach to toddlers’ physical meaning making of natural phenomena and processes in preschool
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2012 (English)In: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, ISSN 1350-293X, E-ISSN 1752-1807, Vol. 20, no 3, 439-454 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

Research into preschool education has paid a lot of attention to investigating children's conceptual development and cognitive learning about nature, with methods based on observations and verbal interviews before and after a teaching period. The purpose of this study has been to present and illustrate an approach that facilitates the analysis of practical meaning making in Early Childhood Education. The study is largely based on John Dewey's pragmatism and has a particular focus on his use of transaction, functional coordination, inquiry, educative experience and nature. In this context meaning making is understood as the growing, learning process that contributes to further actions in extended ways. A transactional approach to physical experiences, with a focus on analyses of toddlers' bodily actions in nature encounters, is illustrated by a video recording of a toddler's encounter with icy and clay surfaces. This encounter was analysed using Practical Epistemological Analysis. Toddlers' inquiry processes were studied with a specific focus on functional coordination, i.e. relations between different actions and their consequences when meeting the environment. The methodological approach contributes to further research by focusing on practical and physical learning processes. It can also be seen as a contribution to Early Childhood Science Education by showing the relation between previous experiences of natural phenomena and meaning making for further actions in extended ways.

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Routledge , 2012. Vol. 20, no 3, 439-454 p.
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Pedagogy, Early Childhood Education
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Pedagogy
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Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8280DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2012.704765Local ID: 2320/14200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-8280DiVA: diva2:889163
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2016-07-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Naturorienterad utbildning i förskolan: Pragmatiska undersökningar av meningsskapandets individuella, sociala och kulturella dimensioner
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Örebro: Örebro Universitet, 2013. 232 p.
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Didactics
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Teacher Education and Education Work
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urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8719 (URN)
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Available from: 2016-03-07 Created: 2016-01-31 Last updated: 2017-05-04Bibliographically approved

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