Sociala konstruktioner i förskolans planeringssamtal : I en landsgränsnära förskola

Sammanfattning: The overall aim of this study is to describe the preschool setting that is constructed in the preschool teacher’s planning conversations with a special focus on the border context in which this particular preschool is located. In what ways are the geographic location noticeable and what conceptions are established in their conversations? The study has a social constructivist approach and is informed by borderland theory which means that the focus is on the context and the participants in this context. The staff's experience is, however, seen as historically and culturally influenced by the context. With the support of borderland theory the study explores how the preschool´s borderland location has relevance to the social construction in the preschool studied.This research project is an observation study of a two- sectionpreschool in Sweden close to the Norwegian border which started in the spring of 2013. The preschool teachers were observed in staff meetings, all together and in smaller groups. The target group consists of educators and other staff. The Swedish ethical guidelines for research on children have been observed in all respects.The result shows how the staff of the researched preschool construct themselves as a unified us as opposed to them, not in terms of national borders, but in relation to their joint decisions on what they share and have in common and on who do not – the others.Keywords:Preschool, kindergarten, preschool teachers, border/national border, staff meetings/planning conversations, curricula and constructions/social construction