Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

Field of work

I am currently working as research director at 'KINDknow - centre for Systemic Research on Diversity and Sustainable Futures', also called BARNkunne in Norwegian. I am Professor in Early Childhood Education at HVL og professor II at University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway. I graduated at University of Gothenburg in 2007. From 2009 - 2013, I was president in OMEP Norway and from 2009-2014, I led the Project 'Kindergarten as an Arena for Cultural Formation', funded by the Research Council Norway. My research focuses on the complex creative and explorative processes and practices of meaning-making, with an emphasis on narrative methodology. I maintain an interest in dialogic pedagogy, and historical perspectives where I study how early years institutions shape conditions for children, families and teachers and how agency change and shape new conditions. I am currently co-authoring two international books, one about the yougest children and one about exploration and cultural formation. In these books I develop my knowledge about young children and their conditions and possibilties historically, today and in the future.

Courses taught

  • Kindergarten as an arena for cultural formation

Research areas

  • 'Becoming' and 'Cultural formation', 'Exploration', EX-PED-LAB, and 'narrative inquiry,

Research groups

Selected publications

  • Children's Exploration and Cultural Formation

    Hedegaard, Mariane, Ødegaard, Elin Eriksen (2020)
  • What about the migrant children? The state-of-the-art in research claiming social sustainability

    Boldermo, Sidsel, Ødegaard, Elin Eriksen (2019)
  • The first 1000 days of early childhood : Becoming

    Gradovski, Mikhail, Ødegaard, Elin Eriksen, Rutanen, Niina, Sumsion, Jennifer, Mika, Carl TH, White, E. Jayne (2019)
  • Play and/or learning: Comparative analysis of dominant concepts in national curriculum guidelines for early childhood education in Norway, Finland, China, and Hong Kong

    Hu, Aihua, Ødegaard, Elin Eriksen (2019)
  • Local Weather Events: Stories of Pedagogical Practice as Possible Cultures of Exploration

    Ødegaard, Elin Eriksen, Marandon, Andre (2019)