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The degree project in Swedish Early Childhood Education and Care: what is at stake?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9240-3565
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education).
2015 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 6, no 3, 309-332 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study deals with the undergraduate degree project in teacher training programmes for early childhood education and care in Sweden. For the study we draw on documents and qualitative interviews with teacher educators of different disciplinary backgrounds. The aims of this study were to identify discourses on the degree project in the field of early childhood education and care: (1) in documents; and (2) among teacher educators. Our study points to the tensions between discourses on the degree project as being of primary relevance for the vocational field, or as preparation for research activities. It also shows that varying perceptions on the degree project among teacher educators are largely related to different disciplinary fields. It further emerges that teacher educators have different views about text norms for the degree project, based on different underlying epistemologies to which the student teachers must adapt. We conclude that the multiple and often contradictory requirements of the degree project need critical examination and be reviewed. We also suggest an opening up for new and more creative ways of dealing with the degree project, with greater recognition of professional values and knowledges in the field.

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2015. Vol. 6, no 3, 309-332 p.
Keyword [en]
academic writing, student thesis, early childhood education and care, IMRaD, teacher education
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Pedagogical Work
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educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110633DOI: 10.3402/edui.v6.27779OAI: diva2:864038
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Available from: 2015-10-23 Created: 2015-10-23 Last updated: 2015-11-26Bibliographically approved

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