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ERIC Number: EJ1082419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Estonian Preschool Teachers' Aspirations for Curricular Autonomy--The Gap between an Ideal and Professional Practice
Tuul, Maire; Mikser, Rain; Neudorf, Evelyn; Ugaste, Aino
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n11-12 p1845-1861 2015
Establishing national framework curricula is a growing tendency in early childhood education internationally, and is considered to be part of the regulatory requirements framework for enhancing preschool teachers' professionalism. A topical issue in this context is whether and how teachers themselves see these practices as contributing to their professionalism and professional autonomy. We explored preschool teachers' views and expectations as developers and users of the Estonian national curriculum and preschool institutions' curriculum documents. Three hundred and forty-seven teachers across Estonia participated in the study. Data were gathered using semi-structured questionnaires. The findings revealed contradictions in the ways in which the new curriculum practices have contributed to the preschool teachers' professionalism. The respondents' views were contradictory in at least two aspects. First, teachers preferred to have a lot of curricular autonomy in general terms, but when it came to more specific aims, methods and content of education, they preferred to have specific guidelines. Secondly, although teachers preferred a curriculum compiled by internal practitioners rather than by external experts, they expressed a great deal of satisfaction with the current national curriculum compiled by external experts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Estonia
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