Values Education in Early Childhood Settings

Concepts, Approaches and Practices

  • Eva Johansson
  • Anette Emilson
  • Anna-Maija Puroila

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Eva Johansson, Anette Emilson, Anna-Maija Puroila
    Pages 1-9
  3. Theory and Concepts

  4. Methodological Perspectives

  5. Empirical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Kristin Fugelsnes
      Pages 187-198
    3. Ole Henrik Hansen, Anders Skriver Jensen, Stig Broström
      Pages 215-230
    4. Jaana Juutinen, Anna-Maija Puroila, Eva Johansson
      Pages 249-264
    5. Anette Emilson
      Pages 265-279
    6. Anita Berge, Eva Johansson, Lise-Lotte Bjervås, Ingibjorg Sigurdadottir, Anna-Maija Puroila
      Pages 297-311
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 313-317

About this book


This book is about values education in early years settings and discusses theory and concepts, as well as methodological and empirical perspectives. It explores issues such as the kinds of values that are communicated between educators and children and the kind of future citizens we foster in early childhood settings. It illustrates by way of cases involving many participants, including children, educators, and researchers, who have their roots in diverse contexts, and reside in different parts of the world, including Australia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden. The book carefully considers the contextualized character of the cases presented, yet argues that the questions, theories, and methodologies emphasized do inform the international debate in manifold ways.

Communication of values in a broad and diverse sense is central in any pedagogy, especially for the youngest children in the educational system. Still, values education has been neglected as a research field, in education in general and particularly in the early years. This book addresses this lack of knowledge by scrutinizing various questions about values education in ECEC settings.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Eva Johansson
    • 1
  • Anette Emilson
    • 2
  • Anna-Maija Puroila
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and EducationUniversity of StavangerStavangerNorway
  2. 2.School of EducationLinnaeus UniversityKalmarSweden
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationUniversity of OuluOuluFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-75558-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-75559-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2468-8746
  • Series Online ISSN 2468-8754
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