Quality of Kindergarten Teacher Training in regard to Science: a Joint Nordic Approach

  • Merete Økland Sortland Høgskulen på Vestlandet
  • Tarja Irene Tikkanen Universitetet i Stavanger
  • Marianne Presthus Heggen Høgskulen på Vestlandet
  • Kari Holter Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus/Naturfagsenteret
  • Guri Langholm Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus/Naturfagsenteret
  • Stig Broström Aarhus Universitet
  • Karen Bollingberg University College Capital UCC
  • Birgitte Damgaard University College Capital UCC
  • Thorleif Frøkjær University College Capital UCC
  • Laila Gustavsson Högskolan Kristianstad
  • Sigve Ladstein NLA Høgskolen
  • Kari Grutle Nappen Høgskulen på Vestlandet
  • Kristín Norðdahl University of Iceland
  • Heidi Harju-Luukkainen Helsingfors Universitet
  • Eva Staffans Åbo Akademi
  • Susanne Thulin Högskolan Kristianstad
Keywords: naturvitenskap, barnehagelærerstudent, barnehagepraksis

Abstract

This article presents a new joint Nordic study module consisting of a theoretical framework, the kindergarten teacher students’ case study and a reflection talk, in natural science for the kindergarten teacher education. The module is developed through an interdisciplinary collaboration in the Nordplus network: Learning of science concepts by kindergarten children: Nordic study module for the kindergarten teacher education (NATGREP), with science and quality in the kindergarten teacher education in focus. The introduction describes the Nordic kindergartens shortly, and concepts as quality and competence are shortly discussed. It is followed by the module’s theoretical framework. Then the study module’s development process is described accompanied by reflections of the student’s case studies in relation to the theoretical framework. At the end, the work with the study module is summarised, and the main conclusion is that the study module contributes positively to the students’ skills development, both in science and quality.

Published
2017-02-17
Section
Curriculum development, projects and networks