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ERIC Number: EJ829728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
The Challenges and Possibilities of a Narrative Learning Approach in the Finnish Early Childhood Education System
Hakkarainen, Pentti
International Journal of Educational Research, v47 n5 p292-300 2008
Finnish curriculum guidelines for early education emphasise play and creative activities as significant factors in healthy child development. Constructivist theory loosely frames the guidelines, but the recommended approach lacks precise developmental goals. Since 1996, we have carried out a narrative learning project with vertically integrated multi-age groupings and carefully designed play-based learning environments for children from 4 to 8 years old. Data showed that the children learned to use symbolic tools to conquer their fears, solve problems, and master basic social skills. Findings support the view that the narrative learning approach can yield visible results in concert with the tenet that play promotes positive developmental outcomes, including the development of learning potential.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland