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Elfström Pettersson, Katarina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
This article explores how a template in documentation of preschool systematic quality development work acts to produce elements of quality. Assuming that documentation produces rather than represents preschool quality, and using a post-humanist agential realist perspective, the article shows how thematic work, care and education become elements of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschools, Documentation, Educational Quality
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Nilsson, Monica; Ferholt, Beth; Lecusay, Robert – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
In this article, the authors problematize the dichotomization of play and learning that often shapes the agenda of early childhood education research and practice. This dichotomization is driven in part by the tendency to define learning in terms of formal learning (i.e. learning as an outcome of direct instruction and school-based approaches that…
Descriptors: Play, Learning Processes, Child Development, Outcomes of Education
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Liljestrand, Johan; Hammarberg, Annie – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Documentation has become an important issue for policy, practice and accountability in many national contexts. The documentation of children's activities is a requirement in the national syllabus for the Swedish preschool. However, the documentation of children is always a social construction that focuses on certain things and excludes (possible)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Documentation, Personal Autonomy
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Masoumi, Davoud – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
This study aimed to identify the ways in which information and communication technologies (ICT) are integrated in three preschools in south-western Sweden. The case study involved observations of and interviews with preschool teachers. The findings support claims that ICT can enhance preschool practices by providing a variety of complementary…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Information Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration
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Arlemalm-Hagser, Eva; Davis, Julie – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
This article scrutinises the ways in which young children are described and supported as active participants for change within the Australian and Swedish national steering documents for early childhood education. A critical theory lens was applied, in combination with document analysis that looked for concepts related to environment and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum, Sustainability
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Widding, Ulrika – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
Parents in the Western world today are often said to feel unsure and inadequate and as a consequence there are a plethora of self-help products on the market as well as parent education programmes. This article explores the kinds of research questions that are raised by this state of affairs. The discussion is mainly based on existing studies of…
Descriptors: Social Class, Gender Issues, Ethnicity, Parent Education
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Karlson, Ingrid; Simonsson, Maria – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
In this article, some of the discourses concerning "gender-sensitive pedagogy" that circulate in Swedish preschools are discussed. Two guideline documents that circulate in gender- and equity-sensitive projects in preschool are investigated, and the question is asked: What gender-related messages can possibly reach preschools from the…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Discourse Analysis, Guidelines, Gender Issues
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Palmer, Anna – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2010
In light of the contemporary discussions on the biased relationship between gender and mathematical teaching and learning in the Western world, can we, by means of a reconceptualised early childhood education, influence how young children construct their gendered subjectivities in relation to mathematics? This project has been carried out with the…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Teaching Methods
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Pramling, Niklas – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2010
An exploratory study into the collaborative activity of creating a poem in early years education is reported. A group of 6-year-old children and their teacher making free-form poetry are followed for three consecutive lessons. The analytical interest is wide in scope, from looking at the process in terms of the verbal actions of the children and…
Descriptors: Poetry, Elementary School Students, Group Activities, Cooperative Learning
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Markstrom, Ann-Marie – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2009
This article explores the construction of parent-teacher conferences in the Swedish preschool and focuses on processes that construct and maintain these meetings. The analysis draws upon an ethnographic study in two preschools and the empirical material consists of 11 audiotaped parent-teacher conferences and observations of everyday activities…
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Conferences, Ethnography, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Education
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Pramling, Niklas; Carlsson, Maj Asplund – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2008
In this study, an extensive episode of teachers working with the intention of developing children's understanding of rhyme is analysed. The data for the analysis consist of a video-recording of two teachers and seven children (aged 3-5 years) working with a type of rhyme-card and trying to construct a poem. The analytical interest lies in the…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Semantics, Rhyme, Video Equipment
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Lind, Ulla – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2005
This article presents a negotiating practice that demonstrates the importance of the interplay of visual, verbal and linguistic signs. As such it discusses the relationship between identity and a signifying practice in a Swedish preschool, as children and teachers negotiate meaning. With emphasis on the relationship between building identity and…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Age Differences, Photography, Foreign Countries
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Ohrlander, Kajsa – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2005
This article tries to understand, by using some poststructural tools, practices with children that were performed by a Left action group in Sweden in the 1960s and 1970s. Modernist resistance discourses of enlightenment and liberation from obedience, silence and innocence can be seen as being produced, together with postmodern acts of unfolding…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Concept, Political Attitudes, Child Development
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Taguchi, Hillevi Lenz – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2005
This article constitutes an attempt to investigate how student teachers and teacher educators in the context of Swedish early childhood teacher education are invented and reinvented by practices that are inspired by feminist and post-structural thinking. I give examples of practice that explicitly make use of different aspects of the personal,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Teachers, Feminism, Postmodernism