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Children's exploration of the concepts of home and belonging : Capturing views from five European countries (2021)

Maine, F., Brummernhenrich, B., Chatzianastasi, M., Juškienė, V., Lähdesmäki, T., Luna, J., & Peck, J. (2021). Children's exploration of the concepts of home and belonging : Capturing views from five European countries. International Journal of Educational Research, 110, Article 101876. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2021.101876

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All authors or editorsMaine, F.; Brummernhenrich, B.; Chatzianastasi, M.; Juškienė, V.; Lähdesmäki, T.; Luna, J.; Peck, J.

Journal or seriesInternational Journal of Educational Research



Publication year2021


Article number101876

PublisherElsevier Ltd.

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78319


Understanding one's sense of belonging is a central part of identity formation and self-awareness; feeling safe somewhere, with specific people is identified as a basic human need. This paper explores the ideas of children from three age groups in five different European as they discussed the concepts of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’. Findings showed that the children's ideas could be organised into six interrelated aspects: Spatiality, Materiality, Multiplicity, Social Relations, Affect, and Dislocation. Whilst there were differences in the ways that the children conceptualised home across the classes, even the youngest children were able to describe their ideas using metaphors and abstract concepts, and they agreed that a home was more than just a building.

Keywordschildren (age groups)young peopleconceptionshomeplacesocial relationsidentity (mental objects)

Free keywordsbelonging; concepts of home; primary and secondary students; classroom discussion; cultural understanding

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Reporting Year2021

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