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Children’s meaning-making of nature in an outdoor-oriented and democratic Swedish preschool practice
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2014 (English)In: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, ISSN 1350-293X, E-ISSN 1752-1807, Vol. 22, no 2, 229-253 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

Previous research has shown that the Swedish preschool educational tradition is characterised by outdoor-oriented and democratic approaches. The purpose of this study is to empirically investigate what consequences these approaches have for preschool children's meaning-making of nature, when studied in practice, in children's spontaneous outdoor activities. The methodology is based on John Dewey's pragmatism with a specific focus on transaction, habits and customs. A transactional analysis method has been developed to fulfil the purpose of the investigation. The analysis illuminates relations between: (1) the Swedish preschool's educational tradition in terms of national customs; and (2) the local customs expressed in practice. Fifty-seven events were chosen for further analysis including play with water and sand, and sliding on snow. Consequences for children's meaning-making of nature are shown as possibilities for experience-based inquiry based on children's own choices and also for enjoying and feeling good in nature. The results show fewer possibilities for scientific concept learning. The results can thus be seen as a contribution to the early childhood educational discussion about how to arrange learning situations of natural phenomena and processes in preschools and at the same time maintain their democratic/outdoor-oriented characteristics.

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Routledge , 2014. Vol. 22, no 2, 229-253 p.
Keyword [en]
Swedish preschool, pragmatism, democracy, culture, outdoor, meaning-making
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Pedagogy
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Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8281DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2014.883721Local ID: 2320/14201OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-8281DiVA: diva2:889164
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically 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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