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Understanding Different Approaches to ECE Pedagogy through Tensions (2021)

Kangas, J., Ukkonen-Mikkola, T., Harju-Luukkainen, H., Ranta, S., Chydenius, H., Lahdenperä, J., Neitola, M., Kinos, J., Sajaniemi, N., & Ruokonen, I. (2021). Understanding Different Approaches to ECE Pedagogy through Tensions. Education Sciences, 11(12), Article 790. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11120790

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All authors or editors: Kangas, Jonna; Ukkonen-Mikkola, Tuulikki; Harju-Luukkainen, Heidi; Ranta, Samuli; Chydenius, Heidi; Lahdenperä, Jaana; Neitola, Marita; Kinos, Jarmo; Sajaniemi, Nina; Ruokonen, Inkeri

Journal or series: Education Sciences

eISSN: 2227-7102

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 04/12/2021

Volume: 11

Issue number: 12

Article number: 790

Publisher: MDPI AG

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11120790

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79237


The concept of pedagogy is the key to understanding pedagogy in early childhood education (ECE) in the Nordic countries, which are known for their high quality of life and education. However, in ECE, there are several different approaches toward pedagogy and it can be said that pedagogy is a multidimensional and dynamic concept. In this paper, the different approaches to pedagogy are defined and reconceptualized through an integrative literature analysis focusing on scientific papers and research reports of the concept. Five approaches to pedagogy were constructed: pedagogy through interaction, pedagogy through scaffolding, pedagogy through didactics, pedagogy through expertise, and pedagogy through future orientation. The identified tensions and elements within the five approaches are presented. Finally, the shared elements among these pedagogical approaches are presented in a dynamic model.

Keywords: pedagogy; learning; early childhood education and care; didactics; interaction; teachers; early childhood education and care teachers; children (age groups); conceptions of learning

Free keywords: Nordic education; interaction; didactics; teacher; children; content; learning; scaffolding; pedagogical model

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

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