Valuing the Past, Sustaining the Future

This research explores education, learning, knowledge and identity formation among children across three generations.

    This research is part of a multi-country project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council and led by Professor Anne Trine Kjerholt at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    Sharon Bessell is leading the Australian study, which is focusing on growing up in small coastal communities in Tasmania.

    Our edited volume from this project – Valuing the Past, Sustaining the Future published by Springer – will be available in late 2022..

    For Sharon Bessell’s article, Childhood and belonging over time: narratives of identity across generations on Tasmania’s east coast – is available early on line with Children’s Geographies here

    Phase one

    Phase one of the research aims to understand how childhood, growing up and living in small coastal communities has changed (and remained the same) over time. In this phase biographical interviews are carried out with people across three generations within the same families

    Phase two

    Phase two of the research explores in detail the relationship between place and belonging, focusing on the places that are of special significance to people.

    Phase three

    Phase three explores education and learning, with a focus on the formal education system and the kinds of knowledge that are considered valuable for both employment and well-being.


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