1st Edition

Olfaction in Early Childhood Research and Practice How the Study of Smell Charts New Frontiers in Early Education

By Natalia Ingebretsen Kucirkova Copyright 2025
    110 Pages
    by Routledge

    110 Pages
    by Routledge

    An innovative exploration into the immediate and profound effects of sensory engagement, this book delves specifically into the incorporation of smell within the context of contemporary childhood experiences. Thinking to future advancements in educational technology, it is expected that digital screens will eventually integrate all senses. This book outlines the convergence of children’s learning and olfaction, setting the groundwork for future-oriented early education that seamlessly integrates sensory learning with advancements in technology.

    Guided by child development theories and recent insights into embodiment, socio-material theories and affective literacy, chapters explore:

    • The opportunities of olfaction in early education research and practice
    • Developing olfactory literacies
    • Olfaction in children’s literacies
    • Cultural and socio-technical influences on olfaction
    • Anticipating olfactory education futures

    This unique book is the first volume to communicate the power of smell in early childhood, paving the way for new approaches that empower children through innovative multisensory experiences.


    Natalia Kucirkova is Professor of Early Childhood and Development, Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment, University of Stavanger, Norway.

    'Olfaction in Early Childhood Research and Practice shows concretely, intellectually, and pedagogically how crucial senses, particularly smell, are for reading and humanising reading processes. This is a highly original book which is the first of its kind to open up new landscapes and perspectives on the nature and properties of olfactory reading. Sensory reading patterns have been overlooked for far too long and Professor Ingebretsen Kucirkova redresses this research gap with this important book.'

    Jennifer Rowsell, Professor of Digital Literacy, University of Sheffield