Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

Field of work

Elin Eriksen Ødegaard is research director at 'KINDknow - centre for Systemic Research on Diversity and Sustainable Futures', also called BARNkunne in Norwegian. She is a capacity builder with commitments to sustainability and equity in early years.

She researches in the areas of early childhood education and teacher education with particular attention to conditions for children's cultural formation and teachers transformative practices and how children and teachers create mening and explore through play, work, collaborative narratives and dialogic  engagement. She produced the animated film 'Becoming .- the first 1000 days of early childhood'.

Prize: FoU Prisen - 2013 For excellency in research  concerning children's collaborate meaning-making, narratives and play and for capasicity building and research leadership. 

Current roles of trust

  • Professor II at University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway
  • Member of Executive Committe in World Organisation for Early Childhood Education - OMEP)
  • Vice President in Association for Visual Pedagogy (AVP)
  • Member of the board of NAFOL- The National Research Scool for Teacher Education
  • Scientific Advisor for 'Playful learning Research' led by Helle Skovbjerg, Founded by Lego Foundation 
  • Scientific Advisor for 'The Second Language Learners Plus Intervention' led byv  Kari-Anne B. Næss, financed av NFR, UiO og HVL
  • Scientific Advisor for 'Play responsive teaching' led by Niklas Pramling, University of Gothenburg
  • Member of the board 'International Journal of play'

Current projects

- Exploration and cultural formation – climate and weather-landscapes



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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)