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Kiiveri, Kaisa; Maatta, Kaarina – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
There is plenty of research on teaching reading skills as well as on the prerequisites of literacy, but not so much on children's opinions on learning to read. Few know what a child thinks itself of his/her learning to read and ability to learn to read. The aim of this article is to reveal the children's (n = 43) opinions on learning to read at…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Reading
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Kyronlampi-Kylmanen, Taina; Maatta, Kaarina – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
A day-care centre is a place where a child spends most of his/her week nowadays. A day-care centre as an institution of early childhood education has often been studied from the early childhood educators' point of view or within a wider societal context. The children's voices have not been heard much. The purpose of this article is to describe, on…
Descriptors: Children, Early Childhood Education, Childhood Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Kyronlampi-Kylmanen, Taina; Maatta, Kaarina – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
What kind of place is the home for the children of today's world where the tight working pace and schedules frame children's lives and transitions between home and day care? The primary significance and value of home is unquestionable for children's development and rarely have the adults stopped in order to listen to the children's thoughts about…
Descriptors: Young Children, Child Care, Foreign Countries, Family Environment
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Rantala, Taina; Maatta, Kaarina – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
The aim of this paper is to decipher the essence of the joy of learning and the ways to enhance it at school. In the field of educational psychology, research on feelings is lacking, and the little that does exist has focused more on negative rather than positive feelings. The present paper is based on ethnographic and observational research of a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Primary Education, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Keskitalo, Pigga; Maatta, Kaarina; Uusiautti, Satu – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
The purpose of this article is, first, to describe Sami children's education and its status in the Finnish education system and, secondly, to contemplate its development in Finland. The core of the article is intertwined with issues concerning the status, language, and culture of indigenous peoples. According to the article, the western school…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Power Structure
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Heikkila, Anitta; Maatta, Kaarina – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
In this article, we analyse schoolchildren's clothing at the village school of Rautiosaari in northern Finland between 1909 and 1939. Accordingly, we describe the kind of clothes that schoolgirls and schoolboys used during the target period. Interviews with elderly people were used as sources for the study. The research had a micro-historical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Local History, Clothing, Interviews
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Happo, Iiris; Maatta, Kaarina; Uusiautti, Satu – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
Well-educated staff consists of multidimensional experts, and this staff is one of the strengths of the Finnish day-care system. The aim of this article is to clarify the development of the expertise of those early childhood educators who have qualified as kindergarten teachers. The data consisted of the early educators' stories (n = 80) of their…
Descriptors: Young Children, Kindergarten, Foreign Countries, Content Analysis