Creating Conditions for Reflective Practice in Early Childhood Education

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    Abstract

    In our article, we describe the development of working practices in Finnish day care centers within the Helsinki metropolitan area, which has 500 day care centers. Every two years, 21 of them are selected for a study to be included in a development network. The Development Unit of Early Childhood Education (VKK-Metro), which includes the University of Helsinki and four municipalities in the metropolitan area, coordinates the development of working practices. The objective is to collaborate on the development of day care pedagogy. The objectives and operating structure of VKK-Metro and the principles of developing practices included within it are described and the operation itself is illustrated in the context of the research results. The leading idea is the development of working practices and pedagogy through a reflective and open dialogue. Research results will be utilized in the development of the day care network studied and in workshops arranged for educators in the region.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Child Care and Education Policy
    Volume6
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)1-15
    Number of pages15
    ISSN1976-5681
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • 516 Educational sciences
    • Working practices
    • Reflective practice
    • Peer group practice
    • Mentoring
    • Support for development

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