A1 Journal article (refereed)
Adaptation and implementation of the German social-emotional learning programme Papilio in Finland : A pilot study (2020)

Koivula, M., Laakso, M.-L., Viitala, R., Neitola, M., Hess, M., & Scheithauer, H. (2020). Adaptation and implementation of the German social-emotional learning programme Papilio in Finland : A pilot study. International Journal of Psychology, 55(S1), 60-69. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12615

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All authors or editors: Koivula, Merja; Laakso, Marja-Leena; Viitala, Riitta; Neitola, Marita; Hess, Markus; Scheithauer, Herbert

Journal or series: International Journal of Psychology

ISSN: 0020-7594

eISSN: 1464-066X

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 55

Issue number: S1

Pages range: 60-69

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12615

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67647


This study investigated the cross‐national adaptation and implementation of Papilio, a German social–emotional learning programme, in Finnish early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres. Papilio is a developmentally focused, scientifically based intervention programme focused on preventing behavioural problems and fostering social–emotional competence in children aged 3–7. The aim of this study was to investigate and evaluate the cross‐national adaptation and cross‐cultural adaptation and implementation of Papilio in the Finnish ECEC context. Results from qualitative interviews with one Finnish Papilio trainer, 11 early childhood education (ECE) teachers, two ECE special education teachers and two nursery nurses are supplemented with teachers' and nursery nurses' (N = 75) questionnaire data. Qualitative thematic analysis revealed that cultural adaptations were necessary on four levels: accommodation of materials, adaptation of the contents of the materials, structure and delivery. The materials and training contents were culturally adapted, whereas the delivery of the intervention was adapted according to Finnish ECEC practices. The structural adaptation included discarding timeout, due to opposition by some educators. The educators were committed to implementing the programme as instructed and resolving the practical difficulties they encountered. Their motivation to implement Papilio increased as they observed improvements in the children's social–emotional competence during intervention.

Keywords: early childhood education and care; problem behaviour; pre-emption; socio-emotional skills; programmes (plans)

Free keywords: cultural adaptation; early childhood education and care; preventive intervention; social–emotional competence

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

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