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Oshiro, Aiko; Pihl, Agneta; Peterson, Louise; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This study reports an analysis of how children in a Japanese kindergarten are scaffolded when facing the challenge of collaboratively retelling a "kitsune" story they have been told. What is referred to as a "kitsune" story is an example of a trickster tale with foxes as anthropomorphised animals. The participants were ten…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Story Telling
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Magnusson, Maria; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The overarching interest of this study concerns how to outline learning opportunities and support in early childhood education (ECE) without losing its play-based character. More specifically, the study reports an empirical investigation into the evolving activity of a 6.5-year-old child and an adult conversing about the child's drawing of…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Skills
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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
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Gustavsson, Laila; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This empirical study analyses the qualitatively different ways in which teachers approach children's learning in and about nature. The empirical data consists of video observations of children and teachers communicating with one another around natural phenomena found during excursions into a forest. Variation theory is presented as a framework for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Natural Resources, Interpersonal Communication
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Lagerlöf, Pernilla; Wallerstedt, Cecilia; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article concerns children's engagement and participation in a musical dialogue, with the adult taking the role of the more-experienced participant and frames the activity as a musical play activity (in both senses of the word "play"). It presents an analysis of empirical data from a session with two six-year-old children interacting…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Foreign Countries, Music Activities
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Thulin, Susanne; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2009
In this study a particular kind of figurative language, so-called anthropomorphic speech, is analysed in the context of science activities in a preschool setting. Anthropomorphism means speaking about something non-human in human terms. Can any systematic pattern be seen with regard to when such speech is used? Do children and/or teachers…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Speech Communication, Figurative Language, Preschool Children
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Samuelsson, Ingrid Pramling; Carlsson, Maj Asplund; Olsson, Bengt; Pramling, Niklas; Wallerstedt, Cecilia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2009
In this article, the theoretical framework of developmental pedagogy is presented as a tool in studying and developing children's knowing within the arts. The domains of art focused on are music, poetry and dance/aesthetic movement. Through empirical examples from a large-scale research project, we illustrate the tools of developmental pedagogy…
Descriptors: Music, Children, Poetry, Teaching Methods