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Charlotte Højholt

Professor of Psychology, Ph.D., Institute of Psychology and Research of Education, University Centre of Roskilde


  • E-mail: charh@ruc.dk
  • Phone: +45 46 74 30 91

Curriculum Vitae

Charlotte Højholt, Professor, PhD, MSc

Department of Psychology and Educational Studies at Roskilde University

Universitetsvej 1 DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark

Phone:  +45 4674-2688

E-mail: charh@ruc.dk      

General presentation

Charlotte Højholt works in the field of children combining research and developmental work, going across children’s different life contexts such as family, school, kindergarten and recreations centres. This has given a focus on the cooperation between the grown ups (parents, teachers, pedagogues, psychologists) and on the communities of children. She has published books and articles in the areas of development, learning, professionalism, interdisciplinary work and methodology.

Charlotte Højholt works with point of departure in theoretical concepts about social practice, participation and subjectivity. The work is aimed at methodological development in relation to creating scientific knowledge through cooperation between researchers and different groups of professionals and users and thereby contributing to - and anchoring knowledge in - the development of social practice.

Research Projects

  • 2007-2011: Across Family work and inclusion in school, funded by the Danish Research Counsel for Culture and Communication.
  • 2008-2011: Pedagogues’ knowledge and professionalism in relation to communities of children, funded by the research fund of the Association for Pedagogues in Denmark (BUPL)
  • 2004 – 2006: Learning Across (Network between kindergartens in relation to introduction of ‘plans for the learning of children’), funded by BUPL & SL’s research fund.
  • 2003 – 2005: Cooperation about children’s participation funded by the Social Ministry.
  • 2000 – 2003: Cooperation between Professionals and Parents - from a Child’s Perspective, financed by the research fund of the Association for Pedagogues (BUPL) and the Municipality of Hundested.
  • 1993 – 1996: Cooperation about children’s development. PhD.-project. Financed by Copenhagen University.
  • 1989 – 1991: User perspectives at psychosocial work, Financed by the Foundation of Egmont H. Petersen and the Municipality of Frederikssund



Ph.D. Psychology, Copenhagen University, Denmark 1999

MSc. in Psychology, Copenhagen University, Denmark 1992


Other Professional Activities and networks

  • Member of the Center for Health, Humanity & Culture http://smk.au.dk/
  • PhD. supervisor for 9 PhD.-projects
  • Member of the council for the Danish Psychological Publishers and committee for the research fund of the Association for Pedagogues in Denmark.


Selected Publications

  • Højholt, C. (2008) ‘Participation in Communities - Living and Learning across different Contexts’, in ARECE - Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia.
  • Højholt, C. (2008) ‘Children’s specific problems are connected to general dilemmas in relation to ‘being part’, paper presented at The ISCAR Congress at the University of California, San Diego Campus September 8 – 13 2008.
  • Højholt, C. (2006) ‘Knowledge and Professionalism – from the Perspectives of Children?’ Journal of Critical Psychology, Cardiff University, Wales, UK.
  • Hojholt, C. (2005) ‘El desarrollo infantil a través de sus contextos sociales’, Revista de Psicología y Ciencia Social, editada por la  Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Vol 7 p 21 – 40.
  • Højholt, C. (1999) "Child Development in Trajectories of Social Practice", in Challenges to Theoretical Psychology, red.: Maiers, W.; Bayer, B.; Duarte Esgalhado, B., Captus Press, North York.


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