Values education in Nordic preschools: Basis of education for tomorrow (ValuEd)

What kind of future citizens do we need to foster in early childhood education in order to build cohesive pluralistic societies in the Nordic countries? In an increasingly diverse society, this question is highly relevant.

The project focuses on issues such as how the national educational policies frame values education in preschools; the form, kind and gender patterns of values education in preschools; and the similarities and variations in values and values education between the Nordic countries.

The results of the project are relevant for a broad spectrum of target groups across the fields of scientific research, teacher education, and educational policy and practice in the Nordic countries and beyond.

Scientific Publications

Interpreting Values in the Daily Practices of Nordic Preschools: A Cross-Cultural Analysis

Published: 2016-05-20
Author: Anna-Maija Puroila, Eva Johansson, Eila Estola, Anette Emilson, Johanna Einarsdóttir, Stig Broström.

Individual and Collective Rights Expressed in Educator and Child Interactions in Nordic Preschools

Published: 2016-05-20
Author: E. Johansson, A. Emilson, M. Röthle, A.-M. Puroila, S. Broström, J. Einarsdóttir.

A Narrative Inquiry about Values in a Finnish Preschool: The Case of Traffic Lights

Published: 2016-05-19
Author: Jaana Juutinen, Elina Viljamaa.

Moral Functioning: Navigating the Messy Landscape of Values in Finnish Preschools

Published: 2016-05-17
Author: Anna-Maija Puroila, Annu Haho.

Facts about the project

Project number: 53581

Project leader

Eva Johansson, University of Stavanger, Norway


Participating countries

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden