About KINDknow

KINDknow is a centre for kindergarten research at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, funded by the Research Council of Norway. Our goal is to contribute new knowledge and new practices, particularly within the fields of Education for Diversity and Sustainable Futures.

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Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

Research Director

  • KINDknow focuses on professional and institutional practices with children aged 1-6, their families, and their environment.
  • We see professional practice in kindergarten as relational, unpredictable and political.
  • We study the content, activities and practical settings of both kindergartens and kindergarten teacher education.
  • We gather new knowledge, design, explore and start activities with the intention of strenghtening the qaulity of kindergartens.

Core Values and Themes

As concepts, Education for Diversity and Education for Sustainable Futures  embrace cultural diversity, protection, heritage and agency for change. A core requirement in the research of KINDknow is to to use and develop participatory research methodologies in alignment with these core values.

Norway has an increasingly diverse society. KINDknow does socially-relevant and ethically-committed research with the intention of improving future lives and outcomes for children, families and staff in kindergartens. We engage in interdisciplinary research with kindergartens, across different regions in Norway and internationally. 

Bildung (translated to cultural formation), identity, meaning making and belonging are closely intertwined. They are processes that begin in the close relationships in local places and continues through a myriad of experiences presented, discussed, negotiated, confirmed and rejected in social relationships and activities. Children are already integrated in global networks through travel, relocation, refugee, migration and use of media and institutions, such as kindergartens, are important locations that condition children’s lives and opportunities for the future. Bildung, identity, meaning making and belonging are interconnected foci of the research promised from the KINDknow Center.

Different conceptual, methodological and partnership models will be combined in new ways to improve understanding and create new knowledge to meet the methodological knowledge needs of kindergartens and to build competence in kindergartens as well as the teacher education staff who work with kindergarten teachers.

Research Areas and Research Projects

KINDknow consists of 11 research areas. Each area has a thematic focus which falls within the umbrella of kindergarten research, such as leadership in kindergartens, children as eco-citizens and multilingual mathematics. For a complete overview of our research areas and their reseatch interests, visit KINDknow Research Areas.

The centre is also host to several research projects, many of which are funded by the Research Council of Norway. It is an integral part of KINDknow’s strategy to both expand the centre’s reach and the area of kindergarten research in Norway through acquiring external funding for kindergarten research. To this end, many KINDknow researchers participate in projects in addition to their work in the Research Areas. For an overview of and more information on our research projects, please visit our KINDknow Main Page (LINK).


KINDknow is led by Western Norway University of Applied Science and funded by the Research Council of Norway. The following institutions are formal partners in the centre:

  • UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
  • University of Stavanger
  • Bergen Municipality
  • Monash University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University

KINDknow is led by Professor Elin Ødegaard Eriksen. The centre is supported by a Steering Group, a Scientific Advisory Board and a User Board. Read more about our Steering Group and Boards (The Steering Group and Boards - Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (hvl.no)


International networks

KINDknow also cooperates with other researchers and milieus around the world. We have extensive collaboration with institutions such as Beijing Normal University, East China Normal University, Beijing Institute of Education, Designskolen Kolding and others. We also participate in networks, organisations and projects with and through OMEP, Horizon Europe, ISCAR – CHACDOC, UTFORSK, BIN NORDEN, Association for Visual Pedagogies, Fleer’s Conseptual Playlab, Erasmus and similar.

We believe international collaboration increases the quality of research within Early Childhood Education and helps generate knowledge that is locally situated with global relevance. We aim for a mutually beneficial collaboration, where the collaborating partners challenge each other’s weak points and share their strengths.

For more information, see KINDknow – Affiliated Research Groups and Networks