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'Being on the move': Time-spatial organisation and mobility in a mobile preschool
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (CLIP/BUV)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (CLIP/BUV)
2015 (English)In: Journal of Transport Geography, ISSN 0966-6923, E-ISSN 1873-1236, Vol. 46, 201-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The mobile preschool, a form of preschool practice in a bus, is a new and growing phenomenon in Swedish preschool education. Combining theories of time-spatial organisation and mobility, we critically investigate the implications of transforming traditional stationary preschool practice into a mobile preschool. Our findings show that the social order of the mobile preschool is ‘being on the move’ and that the travelling shapes the time-spatial organisation, with major implications for daily routines and activities. In our analyses we show how constant travelling characterises the mobile preschool as a social practice with (i) logistics and choice of place prevailing over daily planning, (ii) creation of time and space for embodied habits, (iii) teachers as attendants and children as passengers, and (iv) walking in lines. However, mobility and time-spatial constraints are also co-constructed and intimately connected with the participants’ agency, since both children and teachers are actively ‘doing time’ and ‘creating space’ within the dominant structure of ‘being on the move’.

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2015. Vol. 46, 201-209 p.
Keyword [en]
Early childhood eduvcation, Educational space, Logistics and planning, Mobility, Social order, Time-spatial organisation
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Pedagogy Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-257680DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2015.06.023ISI: 000359329200020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-257680DiVA: diva2:840169
Available from: 2015-07-07 Created: 2015-07-07 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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