Leadership and diversity in kindergartens

KINDknow research area 10 aims at expanding knowledge on changes in kindergarten government, organization and leadership on different levels and in diverse settings.

This research area (RA) aims at expanding knowledge on changes in kindergarten government, organization and leadership on different levels and in diverse settings. We will explore the ECEC organization and leadership in the context of national and local ECEC policies, including EfD and ESD, as well as local variations regarding diversity and sustainability. How are local community challenges and national and local policies related to sustainability and social and cultural diversity reflected in management, structures and professional and leader roles? What are the implications for professional relations and the division of labor? What challenges do kindergarten leaders and owners experience regarding the adaptation to new policies and changing social environments? How do kindergarten owners and leaders collaborate with various stakeholders, including parents, NGOs and public service providers to meet the challenges faced? The RA is carried out in close cooperation with stakeholders at different levels, including municipalities and private owners. 

The methodological approach involves qualitative case studies, quantitative data and analysis of national and local policy documents, guidelines and plans. Results will be disseminated in scientific journals as well as workshops, the specially- designed website and courses and educational programs aimed at future and present kindergarten staff.

bilde av Kari Ludvigsen

Kari Ludvigsen

Leader of research area 10

bilde av Dag Øyvind Lotsberg

Dag Øyvind Lotsberg

Leader of research area 10



Borgund, Solveig Marie. (2019): Education in an era of risk - time for policy for quality or quality policy? Paper, ECER 2019; 2019-09-03 - 2019-09-06 

Borgund, Solveig Marie (2019): Reforming kindergarten teacher education in Norway - The role of the organizations and the professions. Paper, ISA - RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups: Interim Meeting, Florence, Italy July 2019 

Lotsberg, Dag Øyvind (2019): Ledelse og implementering av barnehagens rammeplan. Paper, Nettverk for organisasjonsforskning i Norden (NEON) KonferanseHøgskolen Innlandet. Lillehammer 27-28.11. 2019

 Ludvigsen, Kari (2019): Norwegian ECEC teacher professionalism between marketization and welfare state ambitions: Searching for an analytical approachPaper, ISA - RC52 Sociology of professional Groups: Interim Meeting, Florence, Italy July 2019 

Lund, Hilde Hjertager (2020): «De er jo alle barn»- Pedagogiske lederes konstruksjoner og manifestasjoner av holdninger til kulturelt mangfold i barnehagen. Bokkapittel i antologi, Gruppebaserte fordommer. Manifestasjon, konstruksjon og handling. Red. B. Ravneberg, E. Lindhart, R. Faye & V. Solbue (utgis høsten 2020), Universitetsforlaget 

Lund, Hilde Hjertager (2019): "Betwixt and between"- educational managers between the market and profession". Conference - ISA RC 52 Sociology of Professional Groups Interim Meeting.  

Lund, Hilde Hjertager (2019): "Cultural diversity as equality, inequality or awareness? Educational leaders' perceptions and practices on cultural diversity". European Conference of Education Research (ECER)