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

Merete Økland Sortland, Tarja Irene Tikkanen, Marianne Presthus Heggen, Kari Holter, Guri Langholm, Stig Broström, Karen Bollingberg, Birgitte Damgaard, Thorleif Frøkjær, Laila Gustavsson, Sigve Ladstein, Kari Grutle Nappen, Kristín Norðdahl, Heidi Harju-Luukkainen, Eva Staffans, Susanne Thulin

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.


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naturvitenskap; barnehagelærerstudent; barnehagepraksis

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5617/nordina.2993

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