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Children’s multicultural places

The book Barns flerkulturelle steder (Children's multicultural places) discusses a series of examples concerning how early childhood education and care (ECEC) institutions work on multilingual and multicultural themes.

The book shows how multilingualism can form the starting point for togetherness, and how diversity and multiculturalism is something that children create together through communication and common culture creation. Children and groups of children are diverse, but children’s exploration of the world through language gives them some common experiences which influence both them and, as a result, our future society.

Through play, song, reflection and storytelling, children create language which provides a basis for togetherness. The book documents and reflects on how this can take place in a multilingual context. In this way, the book highlights the linguistic background for democratic togetherness which is created in ECEC institutions. The book was written for staff and students on ECEC teacher courses and for staff within the early childhood education sector. Some chapters in the book were written by ECEC teachers themselves, and in this way, the book shows how documentation and the mediation of multilingual togetherness can form part of an ECEC institution’s lasting work in competence development.

Editor Ove Bergersen works at the Department of Early Childhood Education at the University of Stavanger. 

Reference:
Ove Bergersen (ed). (2016) Barns flerkulturelle steder – Kulturskaping, retorikk og barnehageutvikling. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.