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Kangas, Jonna; Venninen, Tuulikki; Ojala, Mikko – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2016
In this article, we describe the professional development towards distributed leadership among different organizational levels in Finnish day care centres within the Helsinki metropolitan area. The aim of the study was to monitor the progress of professional development between educational administration and practitioners. The data was based on…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Child Care Centers
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Kangas, Jonna; Ojala, Mikko; Venninen, Tuulikki – Early Education and Development, 2015
Research Findings: Research has shown that self-regulation can support child development in the areas of children's attentional flexibility, working memory, and inhibitory control for excluding impulsive responses. How this is actually related in everyday pedagogical early childhood education (ECE) activities has rarely been studied in detail. In…
Descriptors: Self Control, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Surveys
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Venninen, Tuulikki; Leinonen, Jonna; Lipponen, Lasse; Ojala, Mikko – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2014
Children's participation in the early childhood education context is a multidimensional issue and educators have a significant role in enhancing participation. In this paper, we focus on the existing challenges to children's participation and the ways that child care educators can work as teams to meet those challenges. The data were collected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Care Centers, Student Participation, Early Childhood Education
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Gatt, Suzanne; Ojala, Mikko; Soler, Marta – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2011
The scientific community has provided a wide range of evidence that family and community involvement in schools benefits not only students' learning but also their surrounding community. The INCLUD-ED project has conducted case studies of successful schools around Europe that have strong community participation. Some of them are engaged in the…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Academic Achievement, Social Change, Foreign Countries
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Ojala, Mikko; Talts, Leida – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2007
Each child In Finland and in Estonia receives preschool training for a year before going to school, based on a new national framework curriculum of preschool education. The aim of the present study was to compare children's learning achievements in nine target areas, based on the teacher's evaluations at the end of the preschool year, in both…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Age Differences, Motor Development, Learning Strategies
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Ojala, Mikko – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2000
Compared parent and teacher expectations concerning development and learning in 3- to 5-year-olds in Finland and Ireland. Found that both Irish and Finnish teachers consider social skills with peers the most important for preschoolers; however, Irish teachers stressed language and preacademic skills, while Finnish teachers stressed…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Interpersonal Competence
Genovesi, Giovanni, Ed. – 1986
This second of four volumes on the history of compulsory education among the nations of Europe and the western hemisphere covers schools, pupils, teachers, programs, and methods. Of the volume's 16 selections, 13 are written in English and 3 are written in Italian. Most selections contain summaries; summaries of the Italian articles are written in…
Descriptors: Child Labor, Compulsory Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change