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ERIC Number: EJ1137234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
Approaches to Teaching in Thematic Work: Early Childhood Teachers' Integration of Mathematics and Art
Björklund, Camilla; Ahlskog-Björkman, Eva
International Journal of Early Years Education, v25 n2 p98-111 2017
Thematic work that integrates different knowledge areas is considered suitable for developing young children's knowledge and skills in early childhood education. This paper reports evidence from a survey of early childhood teachers' work with mathematics and art integrated in thematic work. In this study, we aim to explore how teachers perceive mathematics learning and teaching integrated with art. Data for analysis were collected from a questionnaire answered by 27 early childhood teachers from Finland and Sweden. Influenced by a sociocultural theoretical framework, the analysis concerns the teachers' expressed goals for learning and their strategies for achieving these goals. The analysis reveals qualitatively different approaches to the learning goals addressed by the teachers--process-oriented, product-oriented, development-oriented and providing awareness--which, respectively, seem to generate different meanings of mathematical learning integrated with art. This study offers an overview of teachers' approaches to teaching mathematics and art in thematic work, and of how different approaches may influence what mathematical meaning is offered to children to explore.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; Sweden
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