International research in early childhood education conference

Diversity in early childhood education - global and local arctic perspectives

November 21 – 22, 2022, Tromsø, Norway

Quick Info

IRECE Journal

The journal of International Research in Early Childhood Education (IRECE) is an electronic peer-reviewed journal designed to provide an international forum for scholarship and research within the field of early childhood education. Published in Melbourne Australia, it aims to provide a forum for debate in Asia Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, as well as the regular sources of scholarship in both Western and Eastern Europe, New Zealand, and North America.

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Schedule for parallel sessions and abstracts

You can find the schedule for the parallel sessions here. There is also an abstract book available.

The Arctic University of Norway
Welcome to The Arctic University of Norway. Please find more on our university here
Partners and funding
The Arctic University of Norway arranges this conference in partnership with Monash University in Australia, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Sápmi. The conference is held in collaboration with KINDknow, research centre for systemic research on diversity and sustainable futures funded by the Norwegian Research Council. IRECE 2022 is partly funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
Changes due to CoVID-19 Pandemic
Norway do not have any restrictions due to Covid-19. The travel-restrictions upon entry into Norway have been lifted and the same rules as prior to the corona pandemic now apply.

Thank you!

Thank you all for being a part of the IRECE 2022 conference, as either an online or on-site participant, presenter or volunteer!

The abstract book and a list of participants can be found under the “Quick info” on the left side of this page. 




Call for papers and posters presentations

The aims for the conference are to discuss and reflect upon contemporary tensions in the global early childhood field:

  • How early childhood research can contribute to sustainable futures
  • Children in the world as simultaneously local and global citizens
  • Children as persons who have family- and institutional lives that are affected by society’s wider perceptions of them as minority and/or majority participants
  • Children’s institutional lives in specific places and times
  • Children and families as unique cases, events and trajectories in transitions and transformations
  • Inter-generational transfer and tensions
  • Play and relations to work and everyday life activities
  • How traditional knowledge and memories can be a resource in innovative practices, new understandings and formal knowledge
  • Collaborate working methods, experiences and innovative methodologies
  • Storytelling that enriches understandings of children, teachers, families, institutions and local places




About the Conference

The conference this year is situated in the arctic region, and we encourage muitit ja muitalit* transformative and innovative research, practices and stories.

Our vision for early childhood education is to transform life experiences and memories into imagining and realizing sustainable futures. Doing ‘real things’ requires play and imagination. In play we transform work, language practices and social interactions. Doing ‘real things’ demands the ability to imagine better solutions to problems and opportunity to act upon them.

Children’s participation in everyday life and work provide them with meaning as well as social and practical skills and values. Practices and skills pass backwards and forwards between generations and across cultures. We need traditional knowledge, understandings and technologies to contribute to sustainable futures. Together our diverse stories and experiences provide global and local perspectives.

* remembering and narrating in North Sámi


Easychair submission of abstracts for paper or poster presentations

Conference registration

Registration opens soon.
Deadline for registration October 23, 2022


November 23, 2022


Teorifagbygget, Hus 1 (See map)
Breivika , 9007 Tromso

Main conference dates

November 21 – 22, 2022

Important dates

September 15, 2022

Submission deadline

October 15, 2022

Review results announced

October 23, 2022

Registration deadline

Monday, November 21 - Tuesday November 22

Main conference

Key note speakers

Barbara Rogoff

UCSC Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology , UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA

Barbara Rogoff investigates cultural aspects of children’s learning and how communities arrange for learning, and finds especially sophisticated collaboration and attention among children from Indigenous communities of the Americas.

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See Her book Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town (Maccoby Award, APA) discusses change and continuity in children’s and families’ lives across generations in a Mayan town.

Glykeria Fragkiadaki

Assistant Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Glykeria’s research is focused on young children’s learning and development in science in dialectical interrelation with the child’s social and cultural reality.
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Her research also focuses on early childhood learning and development as well as on cultural-historical theory and research methodology, with particular interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concept formation in early years. Glykeria is a member of the Conceptual PlayLab leading research in STEM concept formation of infants, toddlers and pre-preschoolers through play, imagination and creativity.

She held the position of Senior Research Fellow in the Conceptual PlayLab at Monash University before joining Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Joar Nango

Sámi artist and architect

Nango is a Sámi artist and architect graduated from NTNU, Norway. Co-founder of the collective FFB working with accidental architecture in urban environments.
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Nango’s works explore borders between architecture, design and visual arts. He questions indigenous identity through examining contradictions in modern architecture. In Sápmi he has studied of Sámi architecture. His works have been exhibited separately and joint in Europe, USA and Canada.

Tamsin Meaney

Professor in mathematics education at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Tamsin has worked in a number of countries in mathematics teacher education. Her research on language/culture and mathematics has been done in collaboration with a number of Indigenous communities.
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It is from these experiences that she has learnt to query assumptions about mathematics education. Presently she is engaged in two large projects, one in mathematics teacher education for the first seven years of school and the other on using digital games for developing multilingual kindergarten children’s mathematical languages as part of the KINDknow.

Partners / Sponsors

Contact us

Location: The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø

Telephone: (+47) 78 45 01 65