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The core research group consists of researchers from five different universities across Europe.

  • Eva Johansson.

    Norwegian research group:

    Eva Johansson

    Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger, Norway

    Professor Eva Johansson is an experienced researcher in early years education with an extensive research and publication profile. She has been involved in several early education national and international research projects involving qualitative and quantitative data production. Johansson is responsible for the research program Learning cultures in early education at University of Stavanger (UiS) and is the leader of the project «Politics of belonging».

  • Monika Röthle.

    Norwegian research group:

    Monika Röthle

    Department of early childhood education, University of Stavanger, Norway

    Monika Röthle is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Stavanger. Trained as a preschool teacher, she has worked in different early years settings. Today she is a senior lecturer, involved in European projects on toddlers’ wellbeing and education. For many years she was also a member of The Comenius Association, a European network of teacher training institutes. Her research interests include values education as well as the history of early childhood education.

  • Anita Berge.

    Norwegian research group:

    Anita Berge

    Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger, Norway

    Berge is an PhD and Postdoctoral fellow at Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger (UiS). Her research interest is related to tradition and change in Early Childhood Education, learning cultures, values education and critical discourse analysis (CDA). Her study Kindergarten in times of change - Traditions and practices under pressure in the large kindergarten (2015) contribute to shed light on the material and organisational structures influence for the professional pedagogical work.

  • Kristin Fugelsnes.

    Norwegian research group:

    Kristin Fugelsnes

    Department of early childhood education, University of Stavanger, Norway

    Kristin Fugelsnes is assistant professor at Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger (UiS). She is a teacher in teacher education for the early years with special interest in professional ethics and values education. She is also engaged in questions on caring. 

  • Berit Tofteland.

    Norwegian research group:

    Berit Tofteland

    Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger, Norway

    Tofteland is Associated Professor at the Department of Early Childhood Education at the University of Stavanger. Democracy, value education and teachers professional ethics in in Early Childhood Education and Care are her main research interests. She has presented her studies at national and international conferences, participated in different national and international research networks and studies, published papers in Nordic as well as in English journals and books. 

  • Lars Yngve Rosell.

    Norwegian research group:

    Lars Yngve Rosell

    Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger, Norway

    Associate professor Lars Yngve Rosell explored (PhD-2017; Master in special education) the origins of children’s communication in interplay. He analysed the communication when it appeared to flow and when it was disrupted. He was also interested to understand communication from the perspective of being excluded/included. Rosell’s specific knowledge on communication between very young children will contribute and set focus on the perspectives of children in the politics of belonging.

  • Gunnar Magnus Eidsvåg.

    Norwegian research group:

    Gunnar Magnus Eidsvåg

    Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger, Norway

    Gunnar Magnus Eidsvåg is Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger (UiS). He teaches topics in religion and ethics, and his research interests are Jewish and Christian holy texts, secularism and pluralism in Norwegian kindergartens, and professional ethics among early childhood educators. 

  • Berit Zachrisen.

    Norwegian research group:

    Berit Zachrisen

    Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger, Norway

    is an associate professor at University of Stavanger. Her research interests is connected to play and multiple perspectives on multicultural practices in preschool: Inter-ethnic meetings in play (Phd), culturally sensitive care, multicultural perspectives as a source for support children's creative potential, and communication of democratic values in a multicultural preschool. She has participated in various research projects dealing with multicultural pedagogy in preschool and has published several articles, books and papers in the area. 

  • Riikka Sirkko.

    Finnish research group:

    Riikka Sirkko

    Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Finland

    Riikka Sirkko works as a special teacher in co-teaching class and at the same time she an PhD student in Oulu University, Finland.Oulu University. Sirkko's research interests is Co-teaching of students from parents’ and teachers point of view, and she is interested in teachers', children's and parents experiences of it. She is particularly interested in what kind of experiences children with disabilities have co-teaching. Education of children with disabilities is close to her heart and she is interested in the development of inclusive school - School for all.

  • Jaana Juutinen.

    Finnish research group:

    Jaana Juutinen

    Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Finland

    PhD candidate Jaana Juutinen (MEd) has been working at the field of early childhood education in preschools, and as a researcher and a university teacher at the University of Oulu. She has been involved in several early childhood education research projects on wellbeing, belonging and values education based on the narrative approach. Currently, she is finalizing her doctoral dissertation “Inside or outside? The politics of belonging in preschools” which focuses on the construction of belonging and exclusion in the multiple relations of preschool’s daily life.

  • Marjatta.

    Finnish research group:

    Marjatta Takala

    Faculty of Education, Special Education section, University of Oulu, Finland

    Marjatta Takala is a professor of special education at the Faculty of Education, Special Education section in University of Oulu, Finland. She is an experienced researcher in the field of special education. Her main research interests are inclusion, special education in Nordic countries, hearing- and visual impairment. She has been working several years at the University of Umeå as a visiting professor

  • Anna-Maija Puroila.

    Finnish research group:

    Anna-Maija Puroila

    Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Finland

    Adjunct professor Anna-Maija Puroila has a wide range of experience in early childhood education research. She has participated in several national and international research projects with external funding. Puroila’s research interests cover institutional early childhood contexts from different angles: educators’ daily work, leadership, children’s narrated well-being, and values education. Her current research focuses on changes in Finnish legislation on early childhood education.

     

  • Fridborg Jonsdottir.

    Islandic research group:

    Friðborg Jónsdóttir

    School of Education, University of Iceland, Iceland

    Friðborg Jónsdóttir is an PhD student at School of Education, University of Iceland. Her research project at Háskóli Íslands looks at how children from diverse backgrounds, socially and culturally adapt when moving from one school level to another and how it would be possible to support them and their families in a positive way to deal with the changes that occur when the go through the transformation process. Her role will be to focus on the teachers.  Professor Jóhanna Einarsdóttir is the leader of the project.

     

  • Sara M. Ólafsdóttir.

    Islandic research group:

    Sara M. Ólafsdóttir

    School of Education, University of Iceland, Iceland

    Sara M. Ólafsdóttir is an assistant researcher and doctoral student at the University of Iceland, School of Education. She has years of experience as a preschool teacher and completed her M.Ed. in early childhood education. Her research interests are children’s perspectives, children’s play in preschools, and transition from preschool to primary school. Sara has participated in research collaboration, both in Iceland and internationally. 

  • Hrönn Pálmadóttir.

    Icelandic research group:

    Hrönn Pálmadóttir

    School of Education, University of Iceland, Iceland

    Hrönn Pálmadóttir is an assistant professor of early childhood education and care at the School of Education, University of Iceland. Hrönn has been involved both in Nordic and international research projects on various issues to children’s everyday lives in preschools; such as, values education, transition from home to preschool and education of preschool teachers in regard to children under three years of age.  

  • Bjørn.

    Icelandic research group:

    Björn Rúnar Egilsson

    School of Education, University of Iceland, Iceland

    Björn Rúnar Egilsson is an Ph. D. student working on Early Educational Transitions and Diversity at the School of Education, University of Iceland. He has a BA in Philosophy and Medieval Studies from the University of Iceland and MA in Philosophy from King’s College London. Five year’s professional experience of working at the preschool and primary school level in addition to four years as a project manager for the National Parent Association of Iceland and the Icelandic Safer Internet Center.

  • Johanna Einarsdottir.

    Icelandic research group:

    Jóhanna Einarsdóttir

    School of Education, University of Iceland, Iceland

    Jóhanna Einarsdóttir is a professor of education at the School of Education, University of Iceland. She holds Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oulu in Finland and was awarded The Distinguished Alumni Alumni Achievement Award from University of Illinois in 2018. Professor Einarsdottir has published and presented numerous papers and research results on early childhood education, educational transitions, and children‘s perspectives on their preschool education, to professional and community groups nationally as well as internationally. Johanna is on EECERA board of trustees.

  • Liselotte Eek-Karlsson.

    Swedish research group:

    Liselotte Eek-Karlsson

    Department of Education and Teachers' Practice, Linnaeus University, Sweden

    Liselotte Eek-Karlsson is a senior lecturer in pedagogy at Linnaeus University. She has twenty years of experience as a university lecturer. She educates teacher students and practicing teachers in questions concerning equity, bullying and discrimination. Her research for the doctoral thesis was about young people’s inclusive and exclusive interactions in social media. Her special interest concerns norms and deviation processes in different educational settings.

  • Peter Kalsrudd.

    Swedish research group:

    Peter Karlsudd

    Department of Pedagogy and Learning, Linneaus University, Sweden

    Peter Karlsudd is Professor in pedagogy and Senior Lecturer in informatics at Linnaeus University. He has almost twenty-six years of experience as a university lecturer, teaching degree programs in education and special needs education. His research interests have been centred around the fields of special needs education and particularly interested in inclusive teaching methods. He has carried out several projects in this field and are often engaged as guest speaker at seminars and conferences around the theme ”a school for all.

  • Anette Emilson

    Swedish research group:

    Anette Emilson

    Department of Education and Teachers' Practice, Linnaeus University, Sweden

    Anette Emilson is an associate professor in pedagogy. She is an experienced researcher in the field of early childhood education. Her research concerns values and values education in institutions of early childhood education and care, with a specific focus on democratic and disciplinary values. Anette has a broad experience in research and developmental work relating to Swedish and Nordic early childhood education. 

  • Barbara Piskur.

    Dutch research group:

    Barbara Piskur

    Research Center Autonomy and Participation Faculty of Health Care and Faculty of Education, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

    Barbara is an occupational therapist with a PhD in rehabilitation science and a postdoctoral fellow at Zuyd University. Her research interest is related to childhood disability with a focus on participation & inclusion of children at school, at home and community and role of parents’ tacit knowledge. She has twenty-six years of experiences as university lecturer, teaching and coaching on bachelor, master and PhD degree programs. She is involved in several innovation projects in the area of Health Care and Education.

  • Sarah Meuser.

    Dutch research group:

    Sarah Meuser

    Department of Occupational therapy and Research Center Autonomy and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

    Sarah is a PhD student at Maastricht University working on adapting and implementing P4C in the Dutch context. She is an occupational therapist working in a private practice and as educator and researcher at Department of Occupational Therapy at Zuyd University.

  • Paul Hennissen.

    Dutch research group:

    Paul Hennissen

    Faculty of Education, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

    Paul is a professor at the Faculty of Education at Zuyd University. He is an expert in the field of teacher’s training with special attention for collaboration in communities of practice. In 2009 he received an Award from the American Association of Teacher Educators.
     

  • Sandra Beurskens.

    Dutch research group:

    Sandra Beurskens

    Research Center Autonomy and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences & Maastricht University, The Netherlands

    Sandra is a professor at Zuyd and Maastricht University. She is a physiotherapist and epidemiologist. Her research focus is on more efficient and patient-centred care, which can be done by improving and better aiming numerous available measuring instruments and tests.

  • Dutch research group:

    Marleen Daal-Peters

    Faculty of Education, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

    Marleen has her degree in education. She works as teacher at the Faculty of Education at Zuyd University with the specific interest on cross-overs between education and care.

  • Koen van Dijk.

    Dutch research group:

    Koen van Dijk

    Amsterdam University of applied sciences, The Netherlands

    Koen has a master degree in Occupational Therapy. He is an occupational therapist, teacher and researcher at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam.

  • Margo van Hartingsveldt.

    Dutch research group:

    Margo van Hartingsveldt

    Amsterdam University of applied sciences, The Netherlands

    Margo is a professor of occupational therapy at the Faculty of Care at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. Her expertise is in the area of children’s’ fine motor skills and (pre)writing skills and the development of assessments of (pre)writing problems.

  • Australian research group

    Susan Walker

    School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at the Queensland University of Technology

    Dr. Susan Walker is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at the Queensland University of Technology and a key researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her research interests include epistemic beliefs and teachers’ practice; early childhood social development; child outcomes in relation to inclusive early childhood education programs; early intervention and the transition to school.

  • Helena Lidström.

    Dutch research group:

    Helena Lidström

    Swedish researcher as part of the Dutch research group:

    She has a PhD and works as a researcher at Linkoping University with special interest in the role of technologies for interventions at school.

     

  • Cheryl Missiuna.

    Dutch research group:

    Cheryl Missiuna

    Canadian researcher as part of the Dutch research group:

    She is a Professor at the School of Rehabilitation Science, a Scientist with CanChild, and holder of the John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research, at McMaster University in Canada. For many years she has collaboration with Zuyd University.

  • Jo Lunn Brownlee.

    Australian research group

    Jo Lunn Brownlee

    School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at the Queensland University of Technology

    Jo Lunn Brownlee is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood at the QUT. Her current research investigates early childhood professionals’ personal epistemology and the impact of such beliefs on early childhood practice. This research is important because there are substantial implications for such beliefs on early childhood teachers’ practices, and subsequent quality, in long day care.

  • Australian research group

    Chrystal Whiteford

    Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology

    Dr. Chrystal Whiteford is a lecturer in early childhood and primary mathematics education in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, in the Faculty of Education at QUT. Chrystal’s Ph.D. had a focus on early childhood education and care experiences, examining these experiences in relation to later child outcomes. Her research interests include topics relating to education and care across the early years, including advocacy and STEM. 

  • Finnish research group

    Taina Kyrönlampi

    University of Oulu

    Taina Kyrönlampi is a university lecturer of early childhood education at the Faculty of Education, University of Oulu. She has worked as a researcher at the University of Helsinki for four years and several years as a university lecturer at the University of Oulu. Her main research interests are pre-primary education, parenthood, and children`s experiences in their everyday lives. Her studies are based on the phenomenological approach

  • Libby Lee-Hammond

    Australian research group

    Libby Lee Hammond

    Murdoch University, Western Australia

    Dr Libby Lee-Hammond is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Her research concerns diversity, equity, and aboriginal care and education in the early years. She will contribute her expertise to the project around questions of equity, diversity and culturally responsive pedagogies.