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Björklund, Camilla; Ahlskog-Björkman, Eva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This study presents an analysis of preschool teachers' reasoning about pedagogical goals. Of specific interest is how teachers in a Swedish and a Finnish context describe goals for children's learning and how they describe them implementing these goals into their practice. The research question is thus: How are pedagogical goals perceived and…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Björklund, Camilla; Ahlskog-Björkman, Eva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Thematic work that integrates different knowledge areas is considered suitable for developing young children's knowledge and skills in early childhood education. This paper reports evidence from a survey of early childhood teachers' work with mathematics and art integrated in thematic work. In this study, we aim to explore how teachers perceive…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Mathematics Education, Art Education
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Björklund, Camilla – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This article reports on a small-scale investigation of how teachers organise goal-oriented learning in Swedish preschools. The revised Swedish curriculum (National Agency for Education 2011) highlights the need for children to develop their mathematics skills through activities that integrate play and learning. This study investigates how…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Problem Solving
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Björklund, Camilla; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
In this empirical study, we investigate an early childhood education activity in mathematics on the concept of "pattern". The children participating in the study attend an intermediate form of schooling in Sweden called "the preschool class for six-year-olds", intended to facilitate their transition from preschool to school.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Transitional Programs