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Barns samspel bortom förskolans väggar: Om yngre barns samspel och platsskapande på förskolegården och i en mobil förskola
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (CLIP)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0047-2350
2021 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The general aim of this thesis is to explore the relations between children’s interaction and places within preschool activities. How children’s interaction opportunities are conditioned by the physical and social environment in the preschool yard (study I), as well as place-making processes in various contexts in mobile preschool activities (studies II and III), are examined within the framework of this purpose. As these three sub-studies have different research focuses, they use different theoretical perspectives. 

In study I, special attention is given to how the physical environment and teachers emerge in the contexts of children’s (aged 1–3 years) interaction in the preschool yard. Study II focuses on how children (aged 3–4 years) use the spatiality of a mobile preschool to create places in a recurring fantasy play. In study III, the focus is directed on both children’s place-making within fantasy play and how children and teachers create “place” together in a mobile preschool. Destination choices can be part of place-making processes of a mobile preschool; therefore, which aspects considered as important, in choosing a destination, are investigated. 

The first study starts from sociocultural perspectives on children’s interaction (e.g. Vygotsky, 1930/ 1995). Taking an abductive approach, the concept of artifacts (Wartofsky, 1979) and concepts from an environmental psychological perspective (see Gump, 1969; Westlander, 1999; Wicker, 1985, 1987) are added to explore how the social and physical environments relate to opportunities for different interactions. The results show how children reveal "interaction junctions" and "interaction swathes" in their activities within the preschool yard.  

In order to investigate place-making within a mobile preschool, the second and third studies combine a relational perspective on spatiality (Massey, 2005) with a sociology of childhood perspective that emphasizes children’s agency and collective activities, such as fantasy play (e.g. Corsaro, 2015). The results show how children create their own “play-places” in their place-making and how teachers choose destinations.  

Through its chosen perspectives and focus on younger preschoolers, this thesis provides further knowledge on how opportunities for interaction can arise in the preschool yard. Furthermore, this thesis reveals a new kind of spatiality within the preschool – that is, a mobile preschool – by using a relational perspective on place-making. Thus, this thesis contributes additional knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of Childhood Studies regarding children’s (possible) interaction in diverse places. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2021. , p. 110
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Educational Sciences ; 24
Keywords [en]
Pedagogy, interaction, context, preschool, children, fantasy play, play, mobile preschool, interpretive reproduction, place, agency, ethnography, spatiality, physical, social, environment, environmental psychology, preschool teacher, artifact, preschool yard, bus
Keywords [sv]
pedagogik, samspel, kontext, sammanhang, förskola, barn, fantasilek, lek, mobil förskola, tolkande reproduktion, agens, plats, etnografi, rumslighet, fysisk, social, miljö, miljöpsykologi, förskollärare, pedagog, artefakt, förskolegård, buss
National Category
Social Sciences Educational Sciences Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-440266ISBN: 978-91-513-1208-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-440266DiVA, id: diva2:1544844
Public defence
2021-06-04, hall Eva Netzelius, Blåsenhus, von Kraemers allé 1A, Uppsala, 10:15 (Swedish)
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Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2015–01260Available from: 2021-05-10 Created: 2021-04-16 Last updated: 2021-05-25
List of papers
1. De yngsta barnens möjligheter till samspel på förskolegården
Open this publication in new window or tab >>De yngsta barnens möjligheter till samspel på förskolegården
2014 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Malmö högskola, 2014. p. 186
Series
Malmö Studies in Educational Sciences: Licentiate Dissertation Series, ISSN 1653-6037 ; 35
National Category
Educational Sciences Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-440505 (URN)9789171045560 (ISBN)9789171045553 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2021-04-20 Created: 2021-04-19 Last updated: 2021-04-20Bibliographically approved
2. Playing bus in a bus – children transforming spaces within a mobile preschool into resources in place-making fantasy play
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Playing bus in a bus – children transforming spaces within a mobile preschool into resources in place-making fantasy play
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Play, ISSN 2159-4937, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 182-201Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper discusses the publications of the Royal Swedish Acad-emy of Sciences (RSAS) as part of a wider network of publicationexchange, linking learned societies, libraries, and archives. Theperiodicals of the RSAS went through several reorganisationsbetween 1813 and 1903, all to some extent related to their rolein publication exchange. Although subject to many of the samedeliberations of commercial value and institutional prestige asthe expanding book trade, publication exchange offered a meansof communication for institution s with widely differing financial,linguistic and scientific status, and a forum for articulating a widerange of values significant in scientific publication. In the contextof publication exchange, the roles of producers and consumers,and of publishers and repositories of scientific knowledge over-lap, and librarians emerge alongside editors as central actors inscientific communication. Scientific editorship should be viewednot only as a means of disseminating scientific findings to wideraudiences, but as designing a product that could be used to forgeinstitutional connections, to acquire publications, and to buildcollections. The case of the RSAS periodicals highlights theimportance of publication, not only for the distribution of scien-tific knowledge, but for its acquisition

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa UK Limited, 2020
Keywords
children, fantasy play, mobile preschool, interpretive reproduction, place, ethnography
National Category
Educational Sciences Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-440438 (URN)10.1080/21594937.2020.1778270 (DOI)000665023500004 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 015-01260_3
Available from: 2021-04-19 Created: 2021-04-19 Last updated: 2022-02-22Bibliographically approved
3. Platsskapande processer i en mobil förskola – I val av destinationer och i den kulturella rutinen ”att göra upp en eld"
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Platsskapande processer i en mobil förskola – I val av destinationer och i den kulturella rutinen ”att göra upp en eld"
(Swedish)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-440440 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2021-04-19 Created: 2021-04-19 Last updated: 2021-04-20

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