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Starting compulsory school. Preschool teachers' conception and children's experience

Conference paper
Authors Ingrid Pramling
Pia Williams Graneld
Published in Paper presented at the OMEP Asian-Pacific Region Conference, Osaka, Japan, 23-27 August
Publication year 1993
Published at Department of Education
Language en
Keywords preschool, school, transfer, preschool teacher, ECE
Subject categories Pedagogy

Abstract

Transfer from pre-school to school in Sweden is at the age of 6 or 7. When a child makes this transfer, he or she goes from one culture of curriculum to a totally different one, for although, the guide-lines for both levels of schooling are similar, their content and methods differ. In Sweden today there is a discussion, whether, and in what way, early childhood education should prepare children for school or not. In the present study 12 pre-school teachers are interviewed about school preparation and how they view their own work in comparison with the school teachers' work. 25 children are also interviewed about their experiences of beginning in school and what the differences are between pre-school and school. The open-ended interviews are transcribed verbatim, and analyzed in terms of qualitatively different conceptions or experiences expressed by the preschool teachers, as well as by the children. The teachers' and children's views are compared and discussed.

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