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Children’s education in ‘good’ nature: Perceptions of activities in nature spaces in mobile preschools
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Childhood, Education and Society (BUS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8205-4787
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Childhood, Education and Society (BUS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7320-9177
Stockholm University, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Sweden.
2021 (English)In: Global Studies of Childhood, E-ISSN 2043-6106, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 242-251Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In the Nordic countries, there is a culturally rooted understanding of nature as a ‘good’ place for children. The aim of the article is to deconstruct this understanding by exploring how different mobile preschools – buses that bring children to different places on a daily basis – relate to nature spaces and children’s learning and well-being in them. Based on critical theorization of place and the nature/culture divide, we argue that, while there exists an idealization of nature within the mobile preschool tradition, the ways that nature is viewed as ‘good’ for children differ depending on the children’s ethnic background and residential area. The results show that compensatory ideas are especially vivid when it comes to migrant children who live in multi-ethnic neighbourhoods. Education in nature, aiming at freedom and agency, brought forward in the preschool curriculum in the Nordic countries, seems more reserved for children who already have the right kind of cultural background and language. The ‘other’ children, however, are more likely to receive an education aiming to compensate for something perceived as missing – that is, the ‘right’ kind of capital regarding ‘nature’.

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Sage Publications, 2021. Vol. 11, no 3, p. 242-251
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Child and youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-18533DOI: 10.1177/2043610619900519ISI: 000691323600004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85078328513OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-18533DiVA, id: diva2:1473869
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