A1 Journal article (refereed)
Eksperttiopettajan kielikasvatuksen käyttöteoria monikielisten lasten varhaiskasvatuksessa (2021)

Palojärvi, A., Mård-Miettinen, K., Koivula, M., & Rutanen, N. (2021). Eksperttiopettajan kielikasvatuksen käyttöteoria monikielisten lasten varhaiskasvatuksessa. Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, 10(3), 121-146. https://journal.fi/jecer/article/view/114173

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All authors or editorsPalojärvi, Anu; Mård-Miettinen, Karita; Koivula, Merja; Rutanen, Niina

Journal or seriesJournal of Early Childhood Education Research


Publication year2021


Issue number3

Pages range121-146

PublisherSuomen varhaiskasvatus ry

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish

Persistent website addresshttps://journal.fi/jecer/article/view/114173

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77883


In this case study we examine the practical theory of an expert teacher implementing bilingual pedagogy (Finnish-Swedish) in early childhood education with multilingual children. Practical theory refers to the pedagogical vision that guides a teacher’s actions and the focus of this study is the expert teacher’s practical theory regarding the use of different languages. The two research questionsaddress the key aspects of the teacher’s practical theory and how these aspects related to the different languages. The dataset from two interviews with the expert teacher were thematically analyzed. The findings show that the teacher's practical theory is constructed from a core value (equality of languages) and various aims and principles(e.g., mutual learning, supporting language-identities and pedagogical tact) that were closely intertwined. The findings suggest that in the expert teacher’s use of Finnish and Swedish the intent was to expand the children’s language resources whereas in the use of the children’s home language the purpose was to acknowledge and utilize their languages while creating language appreciation.

Keywordslanguage educationbilingualismmultilingualismearly childhood education and careearly childhood education and care teachers

Free keywordskaksikielinen opetus; käyttöteoria

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Reporting Year2021

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