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ERIC Number: ED338350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 28
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Children's Experiences in Early Childhood Programs.
Huttunen, Eeva
This study explored children's experiences in early childhood education programs and their views about these programs. The quality of the experiences and the variation of the views were analyzed by program and by sex. An introduction emphasizes that research should center on the child's perspective because modern early childhood education trusts the child and has become more child-centered. The introduction is followed by a literature review. For the study, Finnish children in grades 3, 4, and 5 wrote essays about their experiences in and memories of programs they attended in daycare centers, preschool, or family daycare. Descriptive language used in the essays were coded into seven categories: (1) basic care; (2) education; (3) caregivers; (4) peer relationships; (5) physical environment; (6) organization; and (7) the system. Both the content and tone of the descriptions were analyzed. Results illustrated that even though Finnish children's experiences in early childhood programs were mainly neutral, when the descriptions had an affective tone, it was more often positive than negative. In general, boys were more critical about early childhood programs than girls. The quality of children's experiences varied significantly according to the type of program. Appended are 23 references and 5 tables of quantitative data. (GLR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Finland; Retrospective Studies (Psychology)