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ERIC Number: EJ1043608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
From Play to School: Are Core Values of ECEC in Iceland Being Undermined by "Schoolification"?
Gunnarsdottir, Bryndis
International Journal of Early Years Education, v22 n3 p242-250 2014
Iceland has a strong tradition of universal public early childhood education and care (ECEC) services for children. The traditional pedagogy is founded on play-based learning with the holistic view of the development of the child is central to practice. With increased interest in education following the 2008 financial crisis, there are signs that playschool teachers are under pressure to produce "school-ready" children by moving towards primary school teaching methods. This article considers the issue of "schoolification" in Iceland and its relevance to the tradition of play-based learning. It concludes that, although the majority of playschools adhere to the traditional play-based pedagogy, practitioners must be alert to the influence of "schoolification" on children's preschool experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iceland
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