The Fourth Science of Education; Early childhood education as a discipline in the curricula of Finnish universities

  • Jarmo Kinos
  • Jorma Virtanen

Sammendrag

Early Childhood Education has been a multidisciplinary field and focus of research. The academization of kindergarten teacher training and the emergence of a professorship in the mid 1990s, however, signified a shift in the development of Early Childhood Education (ECE). Early Childhood Education began to develop as a sub-discipline within educational sciences. Due to the autonomous nature of Finnish universities it is possible to em-phasize the contents of the teaching and the study within each discipline as desired. Along with the introduction of university level kindergarten teacher education, universities have had to define Early Childhood Education and its status as a new discipline. When clarifying the structural foundation of Early Childhood Education, we have also have to consider how General Education or Education, especially Early Childhood Education as a Main Discipline, meets the challenges of scientific study and the changing field of Early Childhood Education. On the basis of our analysis there are two conflicting developments in the curricula: 1) ECE is one sub-field of General Education, 2) ECE is the fourth educational science among other sciences of Education. And already in one Finnish university ECE is like anomaly, defined as Main Discipline.
Publisert
2008-10-29
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Kinos, J., & Virtanen, J. (2008). The Fourth Science of Education; Early childhood education as a discipline in the curricula of Finnish universities. Tidsskrift for Nordisk barnehageforskning, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.7577/nbf.237
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