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Values education in preschools

This book looks at the complex work relating to values being carried out in the many everyday encounters between adults and children, such as in the cloakroom and in play situations, and what reflection processes such work can initiate amongst the staff.

Norway is a pluralistic society and many different values are communicated between children and adults in early childhood education and care (ECEC) institutions. So what values characterise everyday life in ECEC institutions, and what dilemmas can arise in the work of the staff relating to values education?

The authors wish to contribute to this discussion by disseminating knowledge from a four-year action research project. The study is based on Habermas' communicative theory and uses various methodological approaches. This book examines the complex work being carried out in the many everyday encounters between adults and children, e.g. in the cloakroom and in play situations. We also look at the reflection processes that such work can initiate amongst the staff. By way of conclusion, the authors look at social perspectives concerning the work of ECEC institutions concerning values.

The book is aimed at ECEC professionals, students, researchers and others with an interest in early childhood education. All the authors work at the Department of Early Childhood Education at the University of Stavanger.

Reference:
Eva Marianne Johansson, Kristin Fugelsnes, Elisabeth Ianke Mørkeseth, Monika Röthle, Berit Tofteland, Berit Zachrisen (ed). (2015) Verdipedagogikk i barnehagen. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.