Values in Danish early childhood education and care
Based on video observation, interviews and joint pedagogue/researcher analyses carried out in three Danish child cares, this chapter presents three common values: democracy, care and discipline, which were communicated, expressed and negotiated through interactions between pedagogues and children. The study is part of a larger Nordic project that aims to generate new knowledge on institutionalised fostering of values in Nordic child cares. Democratic values deal with children's autonomy and possibilities of participation. Caring values are linked to a special relationship that targets and supports the child's needs. Disciplinary values a defined as the system of underlying rules, norms and existing order, which regulates children. The three values are presented one after another, but it is also shown how they overlap one another and are expressed simultaneously in everyday practice. In the end of the chapter, we sketch some pedagogical implications for values education.