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Uncertainties of learning. Ethnological and folkloristic contributions to research in educational contexts 
Maria Zackariasson (Södertörn University)
Elisabeth Wollin (Södertörn University)
Bjørg Kjær (Aarhus University, Copenhagen)
David Gunnarsson (Södertörn University)
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Friday 9 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

School and education are integral parts of society and the everyday life of students, teachers and parents. The panel and roundtable focus on how ethnological and folkloristic research on educational contexts may contribute to highlighting complexities and uncertainties that characterize this arena.

Long Abstract:

In several countries, such as Sweden and Denmark, the National Agency for Education states that trusting relations between pupils and teachers are important for feeling safe and motivated in schools. Schools and other educational arenas are, however, complex social phenomena that include a multitude of relations, interactions, norms, and practices. The individual experiences of students, teachers, and parents may thus be characterized by uncertainties, risks, insecurities and conflicts, just as much as trust, safety, and motivation. These differing experiences form an interesting starting point for ethnological and folkloristic studies.

In this panel and roundtable, we invite papers that depart from empirical examples from different educational contexts, from pre-school to university, in various countries. Papers may also discuss the specific ethnological and folkloristic contributions in relation to that both teacher education and the field of education are multidisciplinary and involve many perspectives and methods. The aim is to contribute to an actor oriented ethnological and folkloristic research on school and education in a European context, which may highlight nuances and complexities concerning for example social and cultural reproduction and changes, uncertainties, risks, and possibilities in these contexts.

How are uncertainties of today reflected in the school/educational context? What ethnological analytical tools and methods seem to be working well in educational arenas? How can they be explored and adapted to meet specific uncertainties and challenges in and outside of the classroom/kindergarten? What ethical and methodological challenges do ethnographic researchers in the school/educational context experience today (e.g. effects of COVID-19, GDPR, etc)?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 9 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 9 June, 2023, -