The mobile preschool as a potential for children's active citizenship?
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Urban childhoods and children's mobility are changing as spaces for children are decreasing in Swedish cities. Increased urban and school segregation has led to divided cities where children from different backgrounds and neighborhoods seldom meet. Hence, both adults' and children's capacity to move is socially differentiated. In this paper, we explore a new phenomenon in Swedish education: the mobile preschool, which is argued to have a potential for overcoming/bridging these differentiations. Mobile preschools are located in buses that on daily basis travel in and around the city to provide children with new learning environments.Scholars argue that mobility is a human capability, i.e. mobility is seen as a positive freedom or a dimension of human flourishing, and therefore as intrinsic to human wellbeing. For example, children's active participation in spaces of the city is key to their wellbeing. It provides opportunities for children's physical activities as well as opportunities to develop spatial competence in navigating the city. Also, their active participation in the city is a way for children to claim their rights and access to the city, enhance their sense of citizenship. These issues connect children's mobility to social justice, i.e. a capabilities perspective on city mobility. In a recently started ethnographic study we critically investigate the ways in which mobile preschools allow children to navigate, participate in and learn from, different spaces of the city. This presentation reports preliminary findings on children's mobility as capability and their implications for social justice in relation to children's agency and citizenship.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mobile preschools, mobility, informal learning, citizenship
Human Geography Pedagogy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-284754OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-284754DiVA: diva2:920916
American Association of Geographers (AAG), San Fransisco, USA 29th of March – 2nd of April 2016
ProjectsMobilitet, informellt lärande och medborgarskap i mobila förskolorLärande i staden: tidsrumsliga aspekter av en mobil förskolepedagogik
FunderRiksbankens Jubileumsfond, 261 406 001Swedish Research Council, 261 406 101