Mobility, learning and interaction in the mobile preschool.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
The mobile preschool, a preschool in a bus, was introduced in Sweden in 2007 in order to solve problems with lack of space for children in preschools. During the last years many different cities in Sweden have made use of this way of organizing preschools. The bus hosts about 20 children and 3 teachers (bus driver included), starts and finishes the day in a stationary preschool and drives to different locations about half an hour drive away. The locations they visit are described as ´base camps where children explore nature together with their teachers’. So far this practice has not yet been evaluated and in this newly started project we therefore ask questions as; How is the mobile preschool organized in time and space? How are the movements and moorings that characterize the mobility of the preschool bus used for children’s learning? How is knowledge and values constructed in everyday interaction in the mobile preschool?
With theoretical starting points in time-spatial geography, mobility as moving and mooring, and learning in interaction we investigate the mobile preschool as a didactic space. The methods used are i) digital technology for mapping the bus’ movement and mooring, which locations in the urban area are used and how, ii) video ethnography for studying learning in interaction between teacher - children as well as interaction children - children. In the presentation we discuss methodology and present preliminary result from a pilot study of the mobile preschool in one Swedish town.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Pedagogy Human Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242576OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-242576DiVA: diva2:784081
VI Conference on Childhood Studies, Oulu, Finland 7–9 May 2014.