Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Elin Eriksen Ødegaard, Mariane Hedegaard
    Pages 1-10 Open Access
  3. Hanne Værum Sørensen, Åsta Birkeland
    Pages 47-63 Open Access
  4. Elin Eriksen Ødegaard
    Pages 83-104 Open Access
  5. Andrea Synnøve Blomsø Eikset, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard
    Pages 105-119 Open Access
  6. Anne Synnøve Ekrene Hammer
    Pages 141-157 Open Access
  7. Tiri Bergesen Schei, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard
    Pages 159-172 Open Access
  8. Siv Ødemotland
    Pages 173-187 Open Access

About this book


This open access book examines the educational conditions that support cultures of exploration in kindergartens. It conceptualises cultures of exploration, whether those cultures are created through children’s own engagement or are demanded of them through undertaking specific tasks within different institutional settings. It shows how the conditions for children’s exploration form a web of activities in different settings with social relationships, local landscapes and artefacts. The book builds on the understanding of cultural traditions as deeply implicated in the developmental processes, meaning that local considerations must be reflected in education for sustainable futures. Therefore the book examines and conceptualises exploration and cultural formation through locally situated cases and navigates toward global educational concepts. The book provides different windows into how children may explore in everyday practice settings in kindergarten, and contributes to a loci-based, ecological, integral knowledge relevant for early childhood education.


children's learning and development through exploration exploration in kindergarten children's transcendence to school learning "glocal" pedagogy froebel and explorative education cultural-historical concept of playground activities children and teachers as musical explorers cultural formation dialogical engagement children's play and learning activity inclusion and exclusion pedagogical hybridity through Froebel Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Mariane Hedegaard
    • 1
  • Elin Eriksen Ødegaard
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Faculty of Education, Arts & SportsWestern Norway University of Applied SciBergenNorway

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