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The Arctic University of Norway
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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 2020 is partly funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
Changes due to CoVID-19 Pandemic
Due to the CoVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty we all have about future travel plans, we have postponed the conference until 2021. The new dates are November 22. – 26. Information on CoVID-19 can be found on World Health Organization, Norwegian government, and UiT The Arctic University of Norway. We will closely follow the situation and keep this page updated if there are any changes. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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 20/20 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
Teorifagbygget, Hus 1
Breivika , 9007 Tromso
Main conference dates
November 22 – November 23 2021
March 15, 2021
April 10, 2021
Review results announced
October 24, 2021
Early bird until May 15, 2021
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Welcome reception 18:00-19:00
Monday, November 22 - Tuesday november 23
Key note speakers
Five key note speakers
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.
See www.learningbyobservingandpitchingin.com. 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.
Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Melbourne
Glykeria’s research 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.
Sámi sound artist, composer, singer and mother tongue teacher in Lule Sámi
As composer, he has worked with most stages in Sápmi and Sweden, among them Giron Sámi Teáhter, Norrlandsoperan, Hålogaland Teater (Tromsø), Regionteater Väst, and several stages in and around Gothenburg, where he lives.
In addition to his own artwork, he makes sound/music for dance, art, film and theatre.
Working together with Joar Nango, they construct outdoor environments in Sámi kindergartens.
Sámi artist and architect
Joar is co-founder of the collective FFB working with accidental architecture in urban environments. 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.
Working together with Anders Rimpi, they construct outdoor environments in Sámi kindergartens.
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 and …
Her research on language/culture and mathematics has been done in collaboration with a number of Indigenous communities and 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
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