The project - Pedagogies of Educational Transition (POET) - brings together experienced and early career researchers from universities in five countries to build expertise and skills, and strengthen international research partnerships in the area of researching young children's educational transitions. The proposal outlines staff exchanges and networking activities which will build sustainable research collaborations and provide the basis for the establishment of a European research centre of excellence. Working from the concept of the "knowledge triangle" in which education, research and innovation are stimulated through international collaboration on a shared topic, POET is as collaboration between three European nations, Sweden, Scotland (UK), Iceland and two international partner countries: New Zealand and Australia, each with an S&T agreement with the EU.
The POET project is based on the premise that positive early educational transition experiences are a key element of the sustained educational engagement of children and families over time. The project will work with five themes of pedagogical transitions: pedagogies of inclusion, indigenous pedagogies of transition, pedagogies of continuity, pedagogies of transition over time, pedagogical beliefs and practices with the aim of reconceptualising educational transitions cross nationally. These themes will be addressed through the following questions:
1. What are the dominant and emerging pedagogies of educational transition
2. What research models and approaches exist to describe and explain educational transitions
3. How are these transitions theorised
4. What evidence-based recommendations for national and international action (research, policy and practice) can be made as a consequence of POET