The aim of the research group “The pedagogical foundations of childhood education” is to investigate the philosophy of pedagogy and educational theory.
It aims to question and explore its elementary concepts and normative foundations.
The group seeks to trace and analyze how these elementary concepts and normative foundations are utilized in concrete educational practices in schools and early childhood education. The overarching goal of these explorations is to formulate an understanding of what it really means to have a good educational practice.
The research group intends to be a driving voice in pedagogical research at INN, and to stimulate other research groups towards a methodological awareness of the implicit ideology informing educational theories and practices. The group will undertake both philosophical investigations and empirical research projects.
In its initial phase, the group will especially focus on the phenomenon and concept of recognition, and will explore the normative role of recognition in school pedagogy and early childhood education. The group aims to develop and ground the normative function of pedagogy in both theoretical and empirical investigations.
The group is composed of researchers from a variety of disciplines associated with educational theory and teacher’s education. The members all work with individual projects connected to the aim of the group.