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Negotiating neglected narratives

- Unpacking stories of children and teachers in educational practices

The Centre of Educational Research invites narrative methodology researchers to a conference in Bergen, October 7– 8, 2015. In times of travelling global ideas, we will gather researchers for a dialogue about how to research local and situated practices in early childhood and teacher education.

The increasing worldwide government interest in early childhood education comes from the perspective that lifelong learning can develop nations economically and with this the importance of skill development becomes obvious. As a result we can see down schooling tendencies lay claim to the field and put pressure on the Nordic holistic model.

Children’s and teacher’s voices are already represented in research from all over the world about their perspectives on the pedagogy of early childhood. Nevertheless it is time to raise the question about the neglect of this knowledge in current public debates.

Furthermore, the conference will address how narrative inquiry fits research into cultural formation.In this conference, narrative research is considered a route to understand complexities in these fields. Narrative research design can be a way to gain access to the social reality as is describes in human experience.

This conference aims to unpack and negotiate:

  • Co-narrated narratives and collective biographies
  • Children, families, teacher students, teachers and teacher educators voices in local and situated practice
  • Childhood as local and situated experienced childhood(s)
  • Complex relationships between the personal experiences, identity formation, social, historical and political understandings
  • Complex relationships between the global and the local in education as represented in narrative inquiry
  • Complex relationships between human experience and place, artefacts and generations
  • Problems and possibilities of narrative inquiry in researching professional judgments
  • Possibilities for new knowledge


Deadline for registration: September 29. Yes, I want to register!


Deadline for submitting papers

The deadline for submitting papers on these issues was July 1, 2015.

Contact information

Dag Ove Vareberg
Dag Ove Vareberg
Telefon +47 55 58 58 37