Marianne Presthus Heggen

Field of work


Marianne Presthus Heggen has a background in ecology. She teaches early childhood teacher education, on topics in natural sciences, outdoor learning, environmental issues and education for sustainability. Her research foci are on education for sustainability and environmental education in early childhood, with particular interest on children’s reflections and contributions within these. She leads the work package “Being and becoming eco-citizens” at KINDknow - Kindergarten Knowledge Centre for Systemic Research on Diversity and Sustainable Futures. She has several articles from early childhood education, and tries to hold her research close to the children.


Courses taught
  • BUB 1 Sustainable Development by Involvement
  • NHB, Nature, health and movement
Research areas
  • Education for sustainability
  • Environmental education
  • children's curiosity
Research groups

Selected publications

  • Physical education and natural sciences in Norwegian early childhood teacher education : Mutually supporting EfS

    Sageidet, Barbara Maria, Heggen, Marianne Presthus, Ugelstad, Ingunn Berrefjord, Grøsvik, Kristin, Eikeland, Synnøve (2020)
  • Early Childhood Education for Sustainability Through Contradicting and Overlapping Dimensions

    Grindheim, Liv Torunn, Bakken, Yvonne, Hauge, Kjellrun Hiis, Heggen, Marianne Presthus (2019)
  • Children as eco-citizens?

    Heggen, Marianne Presthus, Sageidet, Barbara Maria, Goga, Nina, Grindheim, Liv Torunn, Bergan, Veronica, Krempig, Inger Wallem, Utsi, Tove Aagnes, Lynngård, Anne Myklebust (2019)
  • Bærekraftig utvikling - pedagogiske tilnærminger i barnehagen

    Kasin, Olav, Haugen, Arne Sveinson, Langholm, Guri, Heggen, Marianne Presthus, Syed, Bushra Fatima (2019)
  • "We Are All Nature" - Young Children's Statements About Nature

    Hallås, Bjørg Oddrun, Heggen, Marianne Presthus (2018)