University of Oulu

Jaana Juutinen, Sara Margrét Ólafsdóttir & Johanna Einarsdóttir (2023) Children’s belonging constructed through material relations in multicultural early education settings, Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2023.2196540

Children’s belonging constructed through material relations in multicultural early education settings

Saved in:
Author: Juutinen, Jaana1; Ólafsdóttir, Sara Margrét2; Einarsdóttir, Johanna2
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2School of Education, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Persistent link:
Language: English
Published: Informa, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-05-24


This study explores how children construct their belonging in culturally diverse early childhood settings in Finland and Iceland. Belonging is understood as a holistic phenomenon that is constructed through various relations. The study is a multiple-case study, influenced by ethnographic approaches, conducted with children in two preschool settings, one in Finland and one in Iceland. The children were invited on walking tours with researchers and tablet computers, and participatory observations were utilised. The findings explore the daily moments in which belonging becomes constructed, involving movements, timing, touch, and play, relationally generated moments between children, and their material relations.

see all

Series: Scandinavian journal of educational research
ISSN: 0031-3831
ISSN-E: 1470-1170
ISSN-L: 0031-3831
Issue: Online first
DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2023.2196540
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: The study is part of a larger European project: “The politics of belonging: Promoting children’s inclusion in educational settings across borders” (Nordforsk, Project number 85644).
Copyright information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (,which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which thisarticle has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.