ERIC Number: ED408086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
"Our Heads Are the Same Size!" A Study of Quality of the Child's Life in Nordic Day Care Centres. Educational Information and Debate No. 107.
Hannikainen, Maritta; And Others
This study used a qualitative approach in investigating one Finnish day care center, four Danish day care centers, and two Swedish day care centers. The study examined the "Nordic model" for day care, which is unique in that it combines education and care for children while parents are working. The study investigated the quality of education and the quality of life in these day care centers. The method of study was to follow each child by open observation for 2 to 3 hours each day. The research group constructed its own model of analysis for the children. Along with the observations, the day care staff was interviewed. The first focus of research was the object of children's activity and the object of role play during games, gymnastics, and other activities. Relations between children was the second area of concentration, including examining solitary activity, shared activity among children, and unequal relations. The third focus was observed relations between children and adults, including subject-subject relations and subject-object relations. Data showed that the concrete manifestations of quality appear in certain circumstances that can be related to the child's way of participating--being a source of the activity, a creative or a compliant participant--and to the type of relationship between the participants. The type of activity seems to be of minor importance since children find and create their own meaning in the activities, with the possibility of doing so being an important aspect of quality. (Contains 34 references.) (DCP)
Descriptors: Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Behavior, Child Caregivers, Children, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Peer Relationship, Play, Quality of Life
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.