ERIC Number: ED101895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of Organization Models for Early Education and Early Grades in Sparsely Populated Areas.
Piippo, Teuvo; Lihr, Silja
Since half of Finland is sparsely populated, the Finland National Board of Education has initiated a preschool project for sparsely populated areas. Project goals are defined as the acquisition through research, experiment, and planning of information relative to sparsely populated areas and special problems of distance, small population base, industry, and special sociocultural features. This three stage project involves: (1) an interview inquiry (parent expectations and child needs) and a general design based on inquiry results (1972); (2) preparation of experimental teaching plans (spring 1973 for fall 1973 and fall 1973 for 1974) and inquiry into the environmental stimulation of the preschool aged in sparsely populated areas (1973); (3) initiation of the experiment using different forms of solution in several communes in North Karelia (1973-74) and multiple problem study in the latter half of 1973. Both internal and external evaluations are being employed. During stages of implementation (1974-75), the intention is to map obstacles and developments and plan accordingly; adjust teacher training; examine suitability of teaching materials and the institutes of daycare as stimulus environments; and conduct research relative to rural problems. Information derived from the project study will be used to aid in development of a consistent curriculum for rural preschool children. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Finnish National Board of Education, Helsinki. Research and Development Bureau.
Identifiers - Location: Finland