“Jag finns här om du vill tanka gos” - En studie om pedagogers syn på fysisk beröring

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Publication Student essay 15hp
Title “Jag finns här om du vill tanka gos” - En studie om pedagogers syn på fysisk beröring
Author Ekdahl, Jessica ; Rosengren, Anna
Date 2020
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Research shows that physical touch is essential to human well-being. At the same time there is a fear in society about the subject. The preschool curriculum, Lpfö 18, emphasizes that children's integrity must be taken into consideration in parallel with the fact that children should be treated based on their individual needs. Our study is based on examining how educators navigate based on this. The purpose of our research is to investigate how educators talk about physical touch. How do educators reason about which children it is offered to and for what purpose physical touch is given? The study consists of qualitative interviews with five educators. The empirical analysis is analyzed from a care-ethical perspective as well as an intersectional perspective in order to document similarities and differences from the educators' stories. The result shows that the concept of physical touch creates a fear among educators of violating the child's integrity, which can result in a taboo perspective. Despite this, educators use physical touch as a tool to increase the child's well-being. They find the benefits to be greater than their fear. The educators state that the purpose of physical touch is to treat the child well, give love and to guide the child. It is mainly children who give clear signals of being in need of physical touch who are given access to the educator's closeness. Based on the results and from an intersectional perspective, our conclusion is that younger girls are the category that get the most physical touch. Although physical touch is seen as a natural element in the profession, the meaning of physical touch is rarely discussed among educators.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Lärande och samhälle
Language swe (iso)
Subject [preschool] [educators] [physical touch] [closeness] [taboo] [intersectional perspectives] [care ethics]
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/32404 Permalink to this page
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