International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development

Educational Encounters: Nordic Studies in Early Childhood Didactics

Editors: Pramling, Niklas, Pramling Samuelsson, Ingrid (Eds.)

  • Presents a new perspective on early childhood education (didactics), based on empirical research in naturalistic settings with children 1-8 years old
  • Introduces the concept of didactics in a form relevant to early childhood education
  • Presents illustrations of Nordic early childhood education, for which there is an international interest
  • Covers a number of theoretical frameworks for studying and conceptualising children’s learning and development
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About this book

Qualitative analyses of young children’s learning in natural settings are rare, so this new book will make educators sit up and pay attention. It lays out a Nordic, or continental European teaching and learning paradigm whose didactic framework is distinct from the Anglo-American system. This analysis, which features contributions and case studies from researchers in a range of subjects, is built on principles such as the learner’s perspective, establishing sufficient intersubjectivity, ‘pointing out’, and informing experience linguistically. After clarifying some historical background, the book discusses the contemporary emphasis in early childhood education on pedagogy/learning. What should ‘didactics’ mean in educating young children?

The book examines the opportunities for learning that teachers provide for children in early childhood education, as well as how children respond to these opportunities. It presents empirical studies from a variety of naturalistic settings, including mathematics, making visual art, ecology, music, dance, literacy and story-telling, as well as learning about gender, morality and democracy. The authors seek to answer key questions about the processes involved in both teaching and learning. What challenges do teachers face as they try to expand children’s knowledge in various fields of learning? How do they respond to these challenges, and what can we learn about children’s corresponding uptake? What now requires further research? One key distinction in researching children’s learning is between studies that look at ‘process’ and those that analyze ‘product’. In the tradition of Piaget, Vygotsky and Werner, as well as Mercer and Valsiner’s more recent work, this book advocates the importance and relative rareness of the former type of study.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction and Frame of the Book

    Pramling, Niklas (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Learning to Narrate: Appropriating a Cultural Mould for Sense-Making and Communication

    Pramling, Niklas (et al.)

    Pages 15-35

  • Early Mathematics in the Preschool Context

    Doverborg, Elisabet (et al.)

    Pages 37-64

  • Opening Doors for Learning Ecology in Preschool

    Thulin, Susanne (et al.)

    Pages 65-84

  • Pictures of Spring: Aesthetic Learning and Pedagogical Dilemmas in Visual Arts

    Karlsson, Marie Bendroth

    Pages 85-104

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eBook $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Educational Encounters: Nordic Studies in Early Childhood Didactics
Editors
  • Niklas Pramling
  • Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson
Series Title
International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1617-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1617-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1616-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3787-7
Series ISSN
2468-8746
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 258
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