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Places and spaces in preschool – positions and representations of children, gender and age in the indoor environment
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics. (Buss)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3361-348X
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics. (BUSS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7795-4051
2015 (English)In: Children and Young People in School and in Society / [ed] Anette Sandberg och Anders Garpelin, Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers , 2015, 59-84 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Early childhood institutions (hereafter Swedish preschools) can be understood as places and spaces where the cultural, social and physical worlds intersect in educational practices. In this chapter preschools are seen as practices that play an important part in shaping children's identities and offering them possibilities for learning. In this chapter we will present a small scale study with an explorative approach of indoor environments at ten preschools from different parts of Sweden inspired by Birkeland's (2012) study in which artefacts displayed on the walls in preschools in Norway and China were analyzed. The material in this study is constructed from photographs accompanied by short descriptions of the indoor environment. The photographs were taken by preschool teachers from different preschools. The photographs were analyzed similar to texts of indoor environments that tell narratives where children are represented, categorized and positioned in certain ways. Additionally they speak of how a good childhood is constructed in preschool and in what ways gender and age - explicitly or implicitly - inform the preschool practices. This study shows the necessity to recognize the complexity of the institutional educational practices and highlights how critical theoretical studies and analytical concepts such as place and space have the potential to elucidate hidden structures of positions and meanings. 

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Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers , 2015. 59-84 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-29145Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84956975073ISBN: 9781634834957 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-29145DiVA: diva2:856954
Available from: 2015-09-26 Created: 2015-09-26 Last updated: 2016-02-18Bibliographically approved

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