Mobility, learning and interaction in the mobile preschool.– a reaction to a child-unfriendly city?
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
We are living in an urban world and more and more children today are growing up in cities. Also in Europe, urban childhoods are becoming the standard. At the same time, spaces for children are decreasing in European cities due to densification processes, traffic, changing life styles as well as changing mobilities. In this paper, we will discuss the phenomenon of the Swedish mobile preschool and whether we can understand this as a reaction to the child-unfriendly city. More specifically we will discuss the mobile preschool in terms of children’s right to participate and take part in the city.
The mobile preschool, a preschool in a bus, was introduced in Sweden in 2007. Originally from Denmark where the bus provided inner-city children access to nature it can be understood as a reaction to the child-unfriendly city. In Sweden however the mobile preschool is described as targeting acute (indoor) space problems but also a way of providing new learning environments for children and to practise outdoor education.
We will discuss the mobile preschool in relation to the following questions; is the mobile preschool a way of bringing the children to nature? And is the mobile preschool a potential for children as urban citizens?
Even though the city itself is not considered child-friendly the bus is regarded as giving opportunities to provide children with child-friendly spaces within the city and its surroundings. Our study shows that the mobile preschool both is a way of bringing the children to nature spaces within the otherwise child-unfriendly city. It is also a way of giving children the opportunity to navigate with help from the bus and learn to use a diversity of child-friendly spaces in the city, not only nature. We see that the mobile preschool has a potential for encouraging children’s active citizenship.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Human Geography Pedagogy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242574OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-242574DiVA: diva2:784079
International conference of Geographies of children, youth and families, San Diego, USA, 12-15th of January 2015.