ERIC Number: EJ734535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
From Pre-School to Primary School: When Different Contexts Meet
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v50 n2 p165-184 Apr 2006
The study aimed to investigate the pedagogy and beliefs of Icelandic pre-school and first-grade teachers during times of immense changes in the policy and trends of early childhood education. The practices of 2 pre-school teachers working with the oldest pre-school children and 2 primary school teachers working with the youngest primary school children were examined. Qualitative methods were used, including participant observations, interviews, and document collection. The results of the study show differences in the practices of the two pairs of teachers and the social contexts that influenced the teachers' practices. The degree of control the teachers had over their work varied between school levels and the degree of control the children had over their learning also varied between school levels. The results indicate that the downward pressure of academic subjects is becoming evident.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Social Environment, Academic Education, Research Methodology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iceland