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Glad Halloween... eller?: En fenomenografisk studie om högtiders funktion i förskolan
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to examine how preschool educators reflect about celebrating holidays in preschool settings. We interviewed six educators from three preschools. Two of the preschools are independent preschools with religious profiles; Jewish and Muslim. The third preschool is a municipal preschool without a religious profile. In our interviews we aimed to examine how holidays are celebrated, how the educators think and reflect about the function of the holiday celebration, and how the educators relate to holiday celebrations that are not directly connected to their own profile. Which similarities and differences can we see among the educators' stories about holiday celebration in preschool settings? 

Our main questions are:

  • What comprises the concept of holiday celebration, according to the educators in their own preschool setting?
  • Which function do the holidays have?

Our research approach is phenomenography which seeks its results in qualitative interviews. With a qualitative analysis you can determine the educators own perception of the phenomena you want to examine. Our method of choice is there for qualitative interviews. In the results from the study we saw that using holiday celebration has a strong connection, according to the educators, to culture and identity. They use holiday celebrations as both an identity-generating function as well as a way to integrate both families and many objectives from the preschool curriculum.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
preschool, holidays, ritual, culture, phenomenography
Keyword [sv]
förskola, högtider, ritual, kultur, fenomenografi
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29088OAI: diva2:893047
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved

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