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Places, spaces and encounters with nature–socio-material discourses in Swedish preschools
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4388-7970
Department of Thematic Studies–Child studies, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Department of People and Society, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp, Sweden.
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2024 (English)In: International Journal of Early Years Education, ISSN 0966-9760, E-ISSN 1469-8463Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article investigates views and discourses on outdoor play in preschool teachers talks about their playgrounds and outdoor practices in Swedish preschools. Included were a strategic sample of teachers from newer, larger preschool facilities with more programmed outdoor space, and teachers from older, more traditional facilities containing more nature. Through interviews with 38 teachers at 21 preschools and a thematic analysis inspired by socio-material theory, we identified three main themes: The meanings and limits of free outdoor play, the view on nature and children’s encounters with nature,and dangers and risks in the playground. Within these themes, we show how the teachers’ views construct discourses related to the outdoor educational places and spaces that are available. Furthermore, changes in preschool curricula as well as in the playground material and design are active agents in constructing discourses on outdoor play, including risks and limitations, beyond teachers’ own beliefs on children’s needs.

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Routledge, 2024.
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playgrounds, Preschool teachers, socio-material discourses
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-221055DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2024.2307361ISI: 001153186900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85184195760OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-221055DiVA, id: diva2:1838923
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