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Preschool class: a one-way bridge to primary school: Examining preschool class teachers’ perspectives on preparatory practices for children’s transition to primary school
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Praktiknära utbildningsforskning (PUF), Preschool Education research.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The preschool class was built in 1998 in an effort by the Swedish government to achieve a smooth transition for the children from preschool to compulsory school. This voluntary, one-year class was envisioned as a bridge between preschool and compulsory school, and the activities would be unlike those in preschool or school. Nevertheless, presently the role of the preschool class seems to be unclear to the preschool class teachers. This is all the more concerning given that in 2018 this class will become mandatory children. The aim of this qualitative study was to investigate how teachers understand preschool class and “preschool class pedagogy” as a distinct practice, that is “not preschool” and “not school”, and if and how in that case, mandatory attendance in preschool class will change their view. In this qualitative study, transition theories were applied to characterize teachers’ understanding of the preschool class meaning as a transition year, its preparatory role, and the teachers’ perspectives on this transition class. The sample consisted of four preschool class teachers who were either former or current preschool class teachers. The study data was based on semi-structured interviews, observations and document analysis. This study found that the preschool class teachers understand this class as a one-way bridge to primary school and emphasized the importance of the new policy of the mandatory attendance as a beneficial change for the children. 

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2018. , p. 26
Keywords [en]
preschool class, transition theories, policy change, teachers’ perspectives, curriculum, bridge, Sweden
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40444ISRN: JU-HLK-PEA-2-20180054OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40444DiVA, id: diva2:1219553
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HLK, Education
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Available from: 2018-06-18 Created: 2018-06-16 Last updated: 2018-06-18Bibliographically approved

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