ERIC Number: ED408081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Being an Active Subject as an Element of Quality in Day Care Centres. Reprints and Miniprints No. 844.
Brostrom, Stig; And Others
This project dealt with the quality of the child's life in day care centers and aimed at a better understanding of the concept of quality. The project was based on a synthesis of knowledge from various research traditions, as well as theories of education and developmental psychology (such as Bruner, Davydov, Leontiev, Piaget, and Vygotsky). The empirical data were collected mainly by observation. A number of 5-year-old children in Danish, Finnish, and Swedish day care centers were observed three times, each time for about 2 hours. Attention was focused on a single child at a time, on his or her activities, and on the child's interactions with peers and kindergarten teachers. Qualitative descriptions of the observations were analyzed. The preliminary results indicated that the concept of quality involves on the one hand the object of the activity, and on the other hand the child as a subject of the activity with others--children and adults. Further, it seems important for the child to be a subject together with other children, and to initiate activities both on a concrete content level, and on a content level characterized by ideas: metaphors, fantasy, abstract ideas, and symbols. Findings indicated that knowledge of the quality of life from the perspective of the child would enhance the development of the quality of education and care. (WJC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lund Univ., Malmo (Sweden). Dept. of Educational and Psychological Research.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden