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What happens if we explore teaching As if it where free next to play?: A rethinking about free play and teaching in the context of public preschool in Sweden
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Childhood, Education and Society (BUS).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4663-1871
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The context of my research is public preschool in Sweden, which is voluntary before the age of 6, and the interaction between children and preschool teachers. I pay specific interest to how content is established when children and preschool teachers interact with a focus on the relation between “play” and “teaching” (e.g. Bingham & Sidorkin, 2004; Saevi, 2015). In recent years, teaching, as a concept has strengthened in relation to early childhood education, teaching is enabled through the Education Act of 2011 and part of the curriculum since 2018 (SFS 2010:800). Play in a Swedish preschool context can be understood as a free[1] activity for children while teaching as an activity could be understood as the opposite.

Inspired by the concept of scholé (Masschelein & Simons, 2013) I started to explore and think about the possibility of a transfer of the word free from play to teaching with a potential as being a free zone in public preschool. How and what could teaching be understood as, within a public preschool context, what happens if we apply free next to teaching, As if (Vaihinger, 1925/2009) it were play? 

I turn to Arendt (1961) for an understanding of the concept of ‘free’ in relation to play since ‘free’ play entails a high value in relation to childrens agency- in free play- children can choose- in the context of public preschool in Sweden. By using Vaihinger `s philosophy of As if, I explore teaching As if it were free next to play, with a possibility to choose.  

 

-[1] The question stems from the idea “children are free” in relation to play (e.g.Huizinga, 1949)

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2022.
Keywords [en]
Free play, teaching, As if / As is, early childhood education, preschool
Keywords [sv]
Fri lek, undervisning, som om/ som är, yngre barns lärande, förskola
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Pedagogy Didactics
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Science education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-53425OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-53425DiVA, id: diva2:1675320
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THE SECOND DOCTORAL CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PEDAGOGY
Available from: 2022-06-22 Created: 2022-06-22 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved

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