New State Policies and Everyday Life in Danish Kindergartens

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This presentation discusses significant changes in Danish policies on preschool curriculum and their effects on everyday life in kindergarten. This change is often conceptualized as neoliberal governance and consists of an increased focus on learning, documentation and evaluation. Grounded in an empirical project focusing on pedagogues’ dilemmas in kindergartens and comparisons with past research, this paper discusses in what ways and to what extent these changes have been manifested in everyday life. Findings point to a not surprising inertia in the everyday life – but also to changes: in parents – pedagogues’ relation, in the amount of staff time devoted to documentation and management and in an increased focus on children’s learning and performativity. The project is based on a broad range of qualitative research methods, including ethnographic inspired observations and interviews with pedagogues and children in 7 different day care facilities.
Original languageDanish
Publication date7 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2012
Event20th International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education - Days Inn, State College, United States
Duration: 4 Nov 20127 Nov 2012


Conference20th International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education
LocationDays Inn
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityState College
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