Maja Plum

Maja Plum

Part-time lecturer

My primary field of research is in the area of early childhood education and care. For many years, I have carried out research related to the politics and ways of governing in this area. I have focused on historical changes in the ways of conceptualizing childhood, just as I have done fieldwork exploring the implications of changes in the welfare state related to the daily practice of early childhood education. I have been interested in the didactics, identity formation and interaction of nursery teaching. Lately, I have also explored the way nursery teachers co-operate and share knowledge as part of their practice. My research interests encompass:  

  • Governing, documentation and evaluation in education
  • Educational politics and its implications for the professionals
  • Identity formation among professionals
  • History of early childhood education
  • Post-structuralism, perspectives of power, actornetwork theory, discourse analysis, ethnography and fieldwork


I have taught and supervised at master and bachelor level across a range of subjects, such as The History of Education, Comparative Education, Educational Politics, Philosophy of Science and Research Methods in Education, Evaluation in Education etc.  

I supervise master theses, bachelorprojects and trainee projects within my field of research.


Current research


At the Faculty of Humanities my research is used as an example of the impact the humanities researchers have on society. 
Read the case: Educational Plans as a Way of Governing in Early Childhood Education and Care

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Dokumenteret faglighed: Analyser af hvordan pædagogisk faglighed produceres gennem læreplanernes dokumentationsteknologi

    Plum, Maja, 2011, Københavns Universitet. 229 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch

  2. Published

    Risiko: Barnet, badevandet og vuggestuerne

    Plum, Maja, 5 May 2012, In : Dagbladet Politiken.

    Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Comment/debateCommunication

  3. Published

    A ‘Globalised’ Curriculum: International comparative practices and the pre-school child as a site of economic optimisation

    Plum, Maja, 2014, In : Discourse - Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 35, 4, p. 570-583 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Viden, styring og konstitueringen af ’pædagogisk faglighed’: på arbejde med Foucaults problematiseringsgreb

    Plum, Maja (Lecturer)
    2 Dec 2011

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  2. Med læring for øje: Om grænsearbejdet i læringens blinde vinkel

    Plum, Maja (Lecturer)
    19 Apr 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  3. Forvaltning og Pædagogik

    Plum, Maja (Lecturer)
    12 Jan 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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