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Barns inflytande i förskolan: Fyra förskollärares erfarenheter av och syn på barns inflytande i förskolan
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Teacher Education.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Children´s influence in preschool : Four preschool teachers´ experiences and viewpoints on children´s influence in preschool (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis has been to; based on interviews with four teachers in Stockholm city, get at picture of preschool teacher’s viewpoint on children’s influence in preschool.

Research questions: How is the children`s influence looked upon by the teachers in preschool?, In what ways do children’s influence affect their learning, In what ways are the interviewed preschool teachers working with democracy in preschool?

To carry out this thesis, I used the qualitative method. In the qualitative method, use is made of the interview method to collect empirical data with interviews. I interviewed four preschool teachers from three different preschools. This thesis is built upon John Dewey’s philosophical thinking as a theoretical base.

The result of this thesis shows that all preschool teachers felt that the application of children’s influence in the daily activities, although complicated, is essential in their work. At the same time the opinion of the teachers varied a lot concerning to what extent the children shall take responsibility on deciding upon their activities. One teacher claimed that it is not possible to plan activities based on 19 children’s wishes and the other that she had to limit the influence of the children because it is the teacher’s obligation to lead the children to discover new activities, not just to continue with the old ones. By using children’s influence, considered another preschool teacher, the children expand their frames of reference which allow the kids to discover new areas to work with. All the teacher´s also agreed about the importance of letting the activities being built upon the children`s different interests.  Preschool teachers use children’s councils, planning with children or voting on what activities they should have in the pursuit of the children to take part of what democracy means.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Democracy, children’s influence, interest, learning
Keyword [sv]
Demokrati, barns inflytande, intresse, lärande
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-18474OAI: diva2:604369
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-02-11 Created: 2013-02-10 Last updated: 2013-02-11Bibliographically approved

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