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Anna Vladimirova (2021) Caring In-Between: Events of Engagement of Preschool Children and Forests, Journal of Childhood Studies 46(1), pp. 51-71,

Caring in-between : events of engagement of preschool children and forests

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Author: Vladimirova, Anna1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: University of Victoria, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-03-29


This paper draws on process philosophy to imagine “care” as a collective practice of children and the forest in the context of Finnish early childhood education. By locating care in movement rather than an individual, the author challenges the notion of caring subjectivity and employs postqualitative inquiry to conceptually focus on an impersonal production of care. The author shows how care emerges in the between of children and forest in an outdoor learning environment and highlights what it continually produces. She concludes by discussing the need for a conceptual evolution of “care” in the philosophies of environmental and outdoor education.

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Series: Journal of childhood studies
ISSN: 2371-4107
ISSN-E: 2371-4115
ISSN-L: 2371-4107
Volume: 46
Issue: 1
Pages: 751 - 71
DOI: 10.18357/jcs00202119326
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This research is part of the project Significant Others—How Animals Matter as Part of Children’s Everyday Life (AniMate), funded by The Emil Aaltonen Foundation.
Copyright information: © 2021 Anna Vladimirova. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.