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ERIC Number: ED453946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Tradition and Trends: Two Icelandic Preschool Teachers' Practices, Goals, and Beliefs about Early Childhood Education.
Einarsdottir, Johanna
This study examined the teaching methods of two Icelandic preschool teachers, their beliefs about early childhood curriculum, and the goals of their programs, emphasizing the connection between the context of the preschool teachers and their pedagogical work. Participating in the qualitative study were two preschool teachers from the city of Reykjavik: Helga, with 25 years of teaching experience, and Kristin, with 6 years of teaching experience. Data were gathered through observations in various locations, nine semi-structured interviews, and examination of artifacts such as letters to parents, guidelines, and planning sheets. The findings showed that the two preschool teachers' methods, goals, and beliefs had similar main assumptions, with pedagogical work characterized by informal teaching, play, and child-initiated activities. The two teachers found it difficult to explain reasons for their practices and to articulate their beliefs about pedagogical issues. Three overlapping contexts were found to shape Kristin and Helga's work: (1) the culture of the preschools; (2) the educational context; and (3) the Icelandic cultural context. These contexts influenced the content of the curriculum, the teachers' goals, and their values and beliefs. Findings were examined in relation to the national curriculum and the changing educational and cultural context. (Contains 38 references and 3 figures.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iceland