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ERIC Number: ED399021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Pages: 10
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The Objectives of Kindergarten Education in Austria.
Hartmann, Waltraut; Stoll, Martina
This study explored the priorities of kindergarten teachers in Austria along with the factors determining implementation of their educational objectives. A large-scale empirical survey of the conditions fostering and hindering child development in the kindergarten environment was conducted by the Charlotte Buhler Institute in 1994. A total of 1,232 kindergarten teachers were asked to comment on what they considered to be their major educational objectives. A questionnaire was disseminated consisting of 38 objectives which teachers evaluated on a four-point scale. Results indicated that the Austrian kindergarten teachers considered these educational objectives most important: (1) linguistic skills; (2) independent decision-making; (3) conflict resolution skills; (4) enjoyment of physical activity; and (5) fulfillment of emotional needs. From the teachers comments, it is apparent that a change in values in Austria has resulted in a decrease in importance and use of discipline and obedience as educational objectives. New methodological and didactic concepts need to be developed for the following topics: religious education, frustration level, and the understanding of technological relationships. Perspectives for future kindergarten education include the formulation of quality standards and the development of an appropriate open curriculum. (BGC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria (Vienna)