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FINNUT-Forskning og innovasjon i utdanningssektoren

KINDERGARTEN KNOWLEDGE - Centre for Systemic Research on Diversity and Sustainable Futures

Alternative title: BARNKUNNE - Senter for barnehagekunnskap et forskningssenter for sosial og økologisk bærekraftig fremtid

Awarded: NOK 50.6 mill.

BARNkunne – Senter for barnehageforskning [Kindergarten Knowledge and Research Centre for Systemic Research on Diversity and Sustainable Futures – KINDknow] has a unique vision: to co-create knowledge and action for a more sustainable future for our children. BARNkunne empowers pioneering, high-quality research, innovation, and actions to develop knowledge in the best interest of children, families and kindergartens. We are guided by the success criteria set out by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) for the Norwegian centres for kindergarten research, we follow strategic plans of the host institutions and, where suitable, those of the partners. Our main goals are based on four core values: Excellence: The centre conducts high-quality research and utilises courageous leadership to develop cutting-edge theories, methodologies, practice-developing approaches, narrative knowledge and evidence based knowledge. The centre’s researchers participate in creative, inclusive and high-achieving milieus. Sustainability: The centre sets the societal agenda by entering complex fields, identifying tensions and potentials for innovation. The research designs reflect ecological, economic, cultural, social and systemic aspects of children’s lives and their rights. The researchers sustain play and exploration, growth, health and formative development of children, staff and families through generating knowledge. Glocality : The centre collaborates with various sectors, disciplines, institutions, countries, organisations, social human categories and generations. The researchers secure diversity and representation from many localities and include indigenous perspectives when appropriate. The centre explores travelling ideas as well as historical, present or future perspectives and mentalities in education in the Nordic area, as well as globally. Co-creation, innovation and sharing: The researchers include co-creation in the research design to find problems and solutions relevant to the kindergarten sector and teacher education. The centre contributes to sharing knowledge and developing appropriate resources. For the second period (2023–2028), the centre will work on four integrated WPs to lead and manage the centre in achieving its goals. Partners Bergen City and UiT will play crucial roles in strengthening the research profile and its priorities across the three themes to follow existing projects. Our collaboration with University of Stavanger (UiS) goes deep and is regulated with agreements in sub projects. The center's researchers work and take on roles internationally, in the Nordic countries, in Europe and beyond. We take leadership in researching education for sustainability through three integrated research areas: WP1. Deepen the knowledge base on Movement, play and exploration. WP2. Deepen the knowledge base on Systemic leadership and conditions for children in kindergarten. WP3. Deepen the knowledge base on Pedagogical innovation and co-creation WP4. Management, dissemination and communication and further development of the centre to achieve its goals. Researchers also engage in the unique research School NORCHILD [NORBARN], hosted by HVL and with seven partners. This research School focuses on transferable skills tailored for the work-life of the Early Childhood sector. The centre works systematically with outreach by including educational impact in the research designs. Together with the University of Stavanger, we host annual research conferences and we host the research journal Early Childhood Education Research Journal [Nordisk barnehageforskning]. The MoveEarly project and the EX-PED-LAB project develop digital resources and after piloting, and testing these resources, they will be open access. The centre provides a newsletter, a Facebook page, a LinkedIn page, a YouTube channel and a webpage.

BARNkunne [KINDknow] conducts pioneering work related to research, knowledge development and innovation to promote sustainable futures based on the interests of children and the kindergarten. The vision is: Kindergarten research for a fairer and more sustainable future for our children. The mission statement is: BARNkunne conducts outstanding research, knowledge development and innovation and is an attractive collaboration partner and premise supplier for the Early Childhood, Care and Education sector Thematically the centre works with ventures such as - Research into the interfaces between exploration, play and movement in kindergarten - Research into systemic leadership and conditions for all children in kindergarten - Pedagogical innovation and cross-disciplinary co-creation. It builds on existing research done by the researchers who will participate in KINDKNOW in these areas and develop new collaborations with researchers and other stakeholders. To meet the needs of Norway's increasingly diverse society, this centre engages in vital, socially-relevant and ethically-committed research that intends to improve future lives and outcomes for children, families and staff in kindergartens. To achieve its aim, the centre engages in high-level interdisciplinary research with kindergartens and beyond across diverse regions in Norway and internationally. As sustainability is a recognised, global core value, now included in the new Norwegian curriculum for kindergartens, there is a need for new theorisation and research methodologies, particularly participatory research methodologies for research studies that will inform practice. The centre expands knowledge on changes in kindergarten government, organisation and leadership on different levels and in diverse settings. The centre is located at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), but collaborates with researchers at HVL, UiT and UiS. These institutions have large cohorts of kindergarten preservice teachers, located in two counties in the north and three counties in the west, have common strategic interests and cooperate closely to changing social and environmental milieus. The centre's work will be informed by Bildung, which has formed the background to the research and PhD programme at HVL. Different conceptual, methodological and partnership models will be combined to improve understanding and create new knowledge so that kindergartens can meet the methodological knowledge needs of kindergartens, build competence in kindergartens, and meet the staff that teach kindergarten teachers.

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