Transition to School: A Rite of Passage in Life

  • Anders Garpelin
Part of the International perspectives on early childhood education and development book series (CHILD, volume 9)


Transitions in educational systems are organised in different ways around the world. Children pass through a number of marked transitions, organised on the basis of age group, stages or types of schools. Our research group has studied transitions in the educational system of Sweden, focusing especially on the perspectives of children and young people. In our research, a connection is made between such transitions and the concept of rites of passage. This chapter explores these theoretical foundations, examines how these have influenced our research, outlines plans for future studies and, finally, considers implications, dilemmas and questions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mälardalen UniversityVästeråsSweden

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