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Puroila AM., Johansson E. (2018) Sharing, Retelling, and Performing Narratives: Challenging and Supporting Educators’ Work with Values in Nordic Preschools. In: Johansson E., Emilson A., Puroila AM. (eds) Values Education in Early Childhood Settings. International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development, vol 23. Springer, Cham.

Sharing, retelling, and performing narratives : challenging and supporting educators’ work with values in Nordic preschools

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Author: Puroila, Anna-Maija1; Johansson, Eva2
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-05-08


This chapter draws on Norwegian and Finnish studies that were a part of a Nordic project on values education in preschools. In both contexts, narratives were combined with a participatory action research methodology. Narratives were employed to inspire reflection, contribute to new knowledge, and enable educators to share experiences about their work with values. The focus of this chapter is methodological: How do narratives promote researchers and educators to generate knowledge about values? How do narratives promote improving educators’ work with values? With the aim of contributing knowledge about the potential of narratives in participatory action research, three examples are discussed in the light of the ontological and epistemological premises of narrative research. The chapter focuses on the two following aspects: First, narratives involve potential to promote educators’ participation in an action research process by providing a meeting space for educators and researchers to collaboratively explore pedagogical situations. Second, narratives offer a fruitful ground for educators and researchers to reflect on how values are integrated into the complexities of the educational practices. The chapter contributes to methodological discussions of early childhood education research and offers different concrete examples regarding how to employ narratives in research and when developing values education in practice.

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Series: International perspectives on early childhood education and development
ISSN: 2468-8746
ISSN-E: 2468-8754
ISSN-L: 2468-8746
ISBN: 978-3-319-75559-5
ISBN Print: 978-3-319-75558-8
Volume: 23
Pages: 145 - 163
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-75559-5_9
Host publication: Values Education in Early Childhood Settings. Concepts, Approaches and Practices
Host publication editor: Johansson, Eva
Emilson, Anette
Puroila, Anna-Maija
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: The study is part of the research project “Values education in Nordic preschools – Basis of Education for tomorrow,” funded by NordForsk research program “Education for Tomorrow” (project number 53581).
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