The main focus of the research area lies on the perspective of children’s meaning making and the basic political, social and cultural conditions for learning in different ages. The starting point is that children are fully fledged members of society with their own rights and the right to speak. They are also bound to the responsibility, to us as researchers, to critique the conditions that children and adolescents live under today. The Early Childhood Education research field is interdisciplinary, combining education science, psychology, literature, ethnology & children’s everyday life, gender studies, critical studies of age, sociology, among others, but also disciplines like mathematics, languages, science, and music. Contexts explored include preschool and school, family life and children’s leisure time activities.
Within the research team, different types of theoretical perspectives have been developed, which, among other theories, include socio-cultural, phenomenological, interactionist, social constructivist and poststructuralist points of departure.