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Early Childhood Education Institutions, Policies and Practices -research group (ECEPP)

Research theme 3

Children’s everyday spaces and learning in ECEC

Children’s perspectives are explored in this theme on issues related to their everyday lives that are shaped by different national and global processes, such as learning, encouragement and difference.


School Space as a learning space: children’s perspectives on the school and curriculum in Finland and Brazil

Team: Kirsti Karila and Juliene Madureira Ferreira

Aim: the project aims to examine the Finnish and Brazilian children´s perspectives on their learning in the ECE institutions.

Collaborators: Luciana Muniz and Paula Amaral (the Uberlandia University)


Multiple worlds in a preschool: Children’s place-making in a globalising world

PI: Zsuzsa Millei

Aim: The project explores how children’s everyday lives in a preschool are shaped by broader connections within society and the globe.

Collaborative partners: children at Kurri Kurri Preschool, Jannelle Gallagher Director of Kurri Kurri Preschool and Sandii Walker Artist, Dr Pauliina Rautio, University of Oulu, Finland and Alexandra Jones, University of Newcastle, Australia.


Everyday nationhood in young children’s lives

PI: Zsuzsa Millei

Aim: The project explores how young children embody, feel, express and perform the nation in the routine contexts of their everyday lives, and how through their practical accomplishments they associate with and reproduce particular national views of the world.

Collaborative partners: Professor Iveta Silova, Arizona State University, USA, Dr Robert Imre, Institute for Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere, Finland, and Prof Inés Dussel, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, Mexico.


Children with a difference: Exploring the production of inequality in the daily-life of preschool produce knowledge of the social and cultural processes within the preschool

PI: Mari Vuorisalo

Aim: The aim is to examine whether the diversities and individual differences with which young children daily enter the preschool are transformed into disadvantages - and finally inequalities between children.

Funding: The project is funded 2016–2019 by the Finnish Cultural Foundation



Doctoral Dissertations:

Johanna Vainio’s doctoral dissertation Encouragement - Children, Interaction and Power focuses on encouragement as a phenomenon in ECEC settings. Important questions are how encouragement is built in interaction in ECE institutional settings and how children are involved in those situations.

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