Niina Rutanen

Niina Rutanen
University of Jyväskylä | JYU · Department of Education

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Introduction
Current reserach interests include 1) children's transitions from home to ECEC, and during the years in ECEC until school, 2) small scale, horizontal transitions/ daily routines and practices 3) learning environments and early years pedagogy. Theoretical and methodological background e.g. childhood studies, relational space, ethnography. https://www.jyu.fi/trace-in-ecec @trace_in_ecec https://invisibletoddlerhood.wordpress.com

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Infants’ and toddlers’ transitions to ECEC occur in time and extend through at least two major spatial contexts—the home and early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings. Both cover a range of material environments, ideologies, and pedagogical practices. While transitions are traditionally explored from the perspective of psychological proces...
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This chapter takes a slightly different turn by focusing on the complex interrelationships between adult expectations and emotions during earliest transitions to ECEC. We convey the idea that these transitions are emotionally laden events for all concerned—infants, families and kaiako alike. The chapter portrays this notion poignantly through a ser...
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This chapter tells the story of how the International Study of Social Emotional Early Transitions (ISSEET), the project forming the basis of the book, came to be. It has two parts. The first sets the scene for the international collaboration and overall study, including its methodology, methods, and participants. It also documents the ethical param...
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The transition from home care to early childhood education and care (ECEC) is a period of intense change and development in young children's socio-spatial worlds. This article focuses on infant–teacher lap interactions during this transition period. This investigation applies a relational approach to the study of infant–teacher lap interactions. In...
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High-quality interactions between teachers and children in early childhood education and care (ECEC) are at the heart of supporting children's development, well-being, and learning. The aim of the study was to examine the quality of an experienced ECEC teacher's and an ECEC student teacher's teacher-child interactions using the Classroom Assessment...
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Tässä tapaustutkimuksessa tarkastelemme, millainen käyttöteoria kaksikielistä pedagogiikkaa (suomi-ruotsi) varhaiskasvatuksessa toteuttavalla eksperttiopettajalla on eri kielten käytöstä monikielisten lasten kanssa toimiessa. Käyttöteorialla tarkoitetaan tässä pedagogista näkemystä, joka ohjaa opettajan toimintaa. Käyttöteoriaa eri kielten käytöstä...
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This article continues the discussions of relational ethics put forward in Human Arenas in “Arena of Ethics” (Hilppö et al., 2019). Our aim in this article is to explore and discuss relational ethics, as ethics-in-action, in a long-term research relationship with a child. Our question is: How is ethics-in-action negotiated during critical incidents...
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This article continues the discussions of relational ethics put forward in Human Arenas in “Arena of Ethics” (Hilppö et al., 2019). Our aim in this article is to explore and discuss relational ethics, as ethics-in-action, in a long-term research relationship with a child. Our question is: How is ethics-in-action negotiated during critical incidents...
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Infantologies is a collective writing project designed to express and summarise important ideas, approaches and forms of advocacy in a short and condensed method, in order to present a network of diverse themes, arguments and evidence concerning infants.
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Although a large body of literature recognises the impact of parent-teacher relationships on infant everyday experiences, less is known about the emotional experience and associated expectations of the adults themselves during earliest transitions. In the context of a multi-site international investigation across five countries – Brazil, Finland, S...
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Teoksessa käsitellään lasten ja nuorten tutkimuksen etiikkaan liittyviä ajankohtaisia kysymyksiä. Teoksessa selvitetään tutkimuseettisen sääntelyn alueella tapahtuneita viimeaikaisia muutoksia, kuten EU:n tietosuoja-asetuksen seurauksia käytännön tutkimustyölle sekä ihmistieteiden eettisen ennakkoarvioinnin kysymyksiä. Teoksen pääpaino on näiden t...
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Niina Rutanen, Raija Raittila, Mari Vuorisalo write about Clothes and clothing practices in Finnish early childhood education and care. The adopted approach combines relational sociology and geography and addresses the different kinds of spaces clothing practices create in ECEC. Clothing and clothing practices play an important role in the everyday...
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This chapter will focus on the youngest children and the everyday contexts and practices of their lives in Finland. The chapter explores the concept of ‘becoming’ within childhood, particularly within early childhood education and care (ECEC) in our country. For the youngest children, their homes and nuclear families have been historically and cult...
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This book provides a philosophical, socio-political and theoretical understanding of the notion of Becoming in the context of the related concepts, and in contemplation of the notion of Being. Deriving from different traditions from various countries, these concepts act as windows on contemporary early years settings and communities around the worl...
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The contents in the chapters in this book have shown how ECEC institutions are both globally linked and locally constructed within networks of powers, discourses, philosophies, paradoxes and practices. The kinds of ‘becoming(s)’ that arise for these young children as a consequence are different – in an increasingly globalised world, we think, these...
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Thomas Balmes’ (Babies. Studio Canal documentaries, 2010) ‘Babies’ (Baby(ies) or Bebes) provides a glimpse into the earliest experiences of four infants from four different localities in the world. Although this movie offers no interpretation of what takes place, the discerning viewer is left in no doubt of the significance of these powerful images...
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Abstract This article and the four videos linked to this article are a result of the earliest experiences in establishing an international research collaboration among seven countries in the Project Social and emotional experiences in transition through the early years. We draw attention to the complex issues surrounding the many processes, beliefs...
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Children’s autonomy is a cultural ideal in Finnish early childhood education and care (ECEC). In this article we examine autonomy in spatial terms. The theoretical background is developed by applying spatial sociology. Our starting point is that space is relationally produced, thus, we understand space as continuously negotiated, reconstructed and...
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This chapter focuses on the fundamental notion of early childhood education as an integrated whole, composed of care, upbringing and teaching, in the context of Finnish early childhood education. These three concepts – care, upbringing and teaching – are addressed firstly on the conceptual level, and then empirically by illustrative examples from d...
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This chapter builds on spatial approaches to study everyday life, and in particular to consider Henri Lefebvre’s (1901–1991) theory on the social production of space. Lefebvre’s ideas on the social production of space are based on a dynamic “spatial triad” of conceived (representations of space), perceived (socio-spatial practices), and lived space...
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This paper examines early childhood education (ECE) by applying and developing relational-spatial perspectives on everyday life in educational institutions for young children. The aim is to investigate the dynamic process of construction of space and to illustrate with selected empirical episodes how this process occurs in ECE. Drawing on authors s...
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Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) policies and practices are local, historically and socially context-specific constructions. In addition to local ideals and policies, discursive practices concerning ECEC are influenced by universal ideals that are described and assigned by the member states of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of...
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This chapter discusses the everyday life of toddlers in a Finnish day care centre from a spatial perspective. It is based on a research project that aims to investigate toddler group care by applying a spatial perspective to the analysis of everyday practices. The intent of this chapter is to illustrate how the ideas of Henri Lefebvre (1901–1991),...
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The aim of this article is to outline important themes, according to Finnish early childhood education researchers, that need to be addressed in researching and educating children under three years of age in Finland. To achieve this aim, the article divides into two parts. First, we present and discuss the results of a small-scale survey, conducted...
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This qualitative case study approaches early childhood education and care practices from a socio-spatial point of view. One Finnish daycare group for one- to three-year-olds participated in the study. The ethnographic observations from the practices are analyzed together with the ECE practitioners’ audio-recorded team meetings and video-elicited in...
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In Finland, the policies and practices in early childhood education and care (ECEC) have been characterized by a division into practices and forms of care for children under and over 3 years old. This study analyses the construction of space in the national and local level curricula for the very youngest children. These documents both present ‘chil...
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Millaisia tutkimuseettisiä erityiskysymyksiä tulee ottaa huomioon, kun tutkimuskohteena ovat lapset ja nuoret? Mitä saa tutkia, mitä ei, ja millaisia lupamenettelyjä tarvitaan? Lapsuudentutkimuksen seuran ja Nuorisotutkimusseuran yhteishankkeena syntynyt artikkelikokoelma oli ensimmäinen lapsiin ja nuoriin kohdistuvan tutkimuksen eettisiä kysymyksi...
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How is culture coconstructed in the micro-level of everyday interactions in a day care center? What is the "culture" being constructed, who are the constructors and how? This paper is based on a case study of interaction among two-year-old children. For the study, video recordings were made twice a month during a period of seven months in a day car...
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How is culture co-constructed in the micro-level of everyday interactions in a daycare centre? What is the 'culture' being constructed, who are the constructors and how? This paper is based on a case study of interaction among two-year-old children. For the study, video recordings were made twice a month over a seven-month period in a daycare centr...
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In line with cultural psychology and developmental theory, a single case approach is applied to construct knowledge on how children s interaction emerge interlinked to historical, social, cultural, and material context. The study focuses on the negotiation of constraints and meaning construction among 2-to 3-year-old children, a preschool teacher,...

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This project will scrutinize diverse transitions in early childhood education as critical processes for forming and restructuring children’s socio-spatial relations and lived experiences. We will follow children’s diverse paths from home to ECEC and from groups/settings to another, covering also the transition to pre-primary education at the age of six. With case analyses, the aim is to map diverse institutional transitions that children encounter in ECEC, and to explore children’s experiences in these transitions focusing on the constitution, restructuring and changes (such as continuities and dis/continuities) in children’s socio-spatial relations. Funded by the Academy of Finland 2019-2023.