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I Want to Participate—Communities of Practice in Foraging and Gardening Projects as a Contribution to Social and Cultural Sustainability in Early Childhood Education

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Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and Education, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 9037 Tromsø, Norway
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School of Sport Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 9509 Alta, Norway
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Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 9509 Alta, Norway
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Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and Education, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 9509 Alta, Norway
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Academic Editor: Enrique-Javier Díez-Gutiérrez
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4368; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084368
Received: 1 March 2021 / Revised: 9 April 2021 / Accepted: 12 April 2021 / Published: 14 April 2021
Learning and development in early childhood is highly dependent on social interaction and exploration through continuous encounters with the real world. Foraging and gardening are outdoor pedagogical practices that have relevance to education for sustainability. Previous work suggests that engagement in such activities can be characterized by the concept “community of practice” (CoP). In this paper, we explore how characteristics of the CoP can be recognized in foraging and gardening projects performed in the Arctic region of Norway, and we discuss how these activities can contribute to social and cultural aspects of sustainability. Data collection included focus group interviews with kindergarten staff (teachers and assistants) and videos taken of foraging and gardening activities with the children. Our data indicate that the hallmarks of CoP, domain, community, and practice, are strongly recognized in these projects through increased interest, social interaction, and agency for learning. This mutual engagement and participation in the CoPs for foraging and gardening connect both staff and children to local food heritage and culture for a sustainable future. View Full-Text
Keywords: social sustainability; early childhood education; foraging; gardening; local food; children’s agency; cultural sustainability social sustainability; early childhood education; foraging; gardening; local food; children’s agency; cultural sustainability
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Bergan, V.; Krempig, I.W.; Utsi, T.A.; Bøe, K.W. I Want to Participate—Communities of Practice in Foraging and Gardening Projects as a Contribution to Social and Cultural Sustainability in Early Childhood Education. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4368. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084368

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Bergan V, Krempig IW, Utsi TA, Bøe KW. I Want to Participate—Communities of Practice in Foraging and Gardening Projects as a Contribution to Social and Cultural Sustainability in Early Childhood Education. Sustainability. 2021; 13(8):4368. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084368

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Bergan, Veronica, Inger W. Krempig, Tove A. Utsi, and Kari W. Bøe 2021. "I Want to Participate—Communities of Practice in Foraging and Gardening Projects as a Contribution to Social and Cultural Sustainability in Early Childhood Education" Sustainability 13, no. 8: 4368. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084368

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