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Nordic Social Pedagogical Approach to Early Years

  • Charlotte Ringsmose
  • Grethe Kragh-Müller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Danish/Nordic Child Care Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stig Broström, Anders Skriver Jensen, Ole Henrik Hansen
      Pages 25-41
    3. Jakob Waag Villadsen, Pernille Hviid
      Pages 43-62
    4. Charlotte Ringsmose, Sigrid Brogaard-Clausen
      Pages 73-92
  3. Key Characteristics in Nordic Child Care Unfolded

About this book


This book studies the major characteristics of the social pedagogical approach to early childhood education and care. It does so by investigating the distinctive elements of the Nordic approach and tradition. The cultural, educational, and ideological structures and values within the Nordic tradition indicate a strong “social pedagogical” rather than “early education” emphasis. The Nordic tradition applies a social learning approach that emphasizes play, relationships and outdoor life, and presumes that learning takes place through children’s participation in social interaction and processes. Set against this background, the book examines the characteristics of the pedagogue and the important features that develop through the Nordic approach. It compares children educated in the Nordic tradition with those educated in the French-English and Anglo-American tradition. It explores quality in relation to how children can enjoy childhood, and at the same time become able to actively participate in society and develop the social and cognitive skills and competences that individuals require to do well in society.


Nordic early years learning social pedagogy Nordic childcare culture Nordic childcare childcare in the Nordic countries Danish/Nordic child care culture children's influence in childcare acknowledging relationships relationships between children and pedagogues outdoor play quality in childcare - KIDS as tool cooperation between parents amd pedagogues children's engagements in childcare values in childcare in Nordic countries

Editors and affiliations

  • Charlotte Ringsmose
    • 1
  • Grethe Kragh-Müller
    • 2
  1. 1.The Danish School of EducationAarhus UniversityCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.The Danish School of EducationAarhus UniversityCopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Nordic Social Pedagogical Approach to Early Years
  • Editors Charlotte Ringsmose
    Grethe Kragh-Müller
  • Series Title International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.persp.early childhood
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-42555-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82607-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-42557-3
  • Series ISSN 2468-8746
  • Series E-ISSN 2468-8754
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 265
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Educational Philosophy
    Learning & Instruction
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