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ERIC Number: EJ896925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Perceptions of Estonian Pre-School Teachers about the Child-Centred Activities in Different Pedagogical Approaches
Oun, Tiia; Ugaste, Aino; Tuul, Maire; Niglas, Katrin
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v18 n3 p391-406 Sep 2010
The aim of this study was to examine how teachers in the Step by Step and traditional kindergartens assess their child-centred activities. 308 teachers participated in the study and a questionnaire was used. The results of the study showed that teachers in the Step by Step programme used a child-centred approach more in their work than teachers in traditional groups. Assessments of the Step by Step teachers concerning the use of teaching strategies and creating a learning environment were statistically significantly higher than the results of traditional kindergarten teachers. Teachers in the Step by Step programme involved parents in children's group activities more; they also supported children's independence and choices. The findings of the study have educational implications on teacher training, implementation of the curriculum, and supporting teachers' professional development. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Estonia