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Lisää taitoja ja mahdollisuuksia varhaiskasvatukseen : tavoitteena tasa-arvoisempi ja kielitietoisempi varhaiskasvatus (2021)

Honko, M., & Mustonen, S. (2021). Lisää taitoja ja mahdollisuuksia varhaiskasvatukseen : tavoitteena tasa-arvoisempi ja kielitietoisempi varhaiskasvatus. Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, 10(2), 28-44. https://journal.fi/jecer/article/view/114155

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All authors or editors: Honko, Mari; Mustonen, Sanna

Journal or series: Journal of Early Childhood Education Research

eISSN: 2323-7414

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 10

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 28-44

Publisher: Suomen varhaiskasvatus ry

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Persistent website address: https://journal.fi/jecer/article/view/114155

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/74546


The realization of linguistic, cultural and social equality in multilingual Finland requires promoting language-awareness in early childhood education (Puukko ym., 2019). Encountering multiculturalism has been assessed as one of the key future competences of early childhood education (Karila ym., 2013), and growing multilingualism challenges and encourages to develop more sensitive and interactive pedagogical practices (Karila, 2016). In the spring of 2017, we conducted an online survey, which aim was to gather information and perspectives on the encounterings with multilingualism and on language-aware practices in Finnish early childhood education. The survey was aimed at early childhood education staff working in a multilingual group of children. In this paper, we look at the new skills and opportunities the early childhood education staff, based on the survey, needs in order to encounter and support multilingualism in their own work environment.

Keywords: early childhood education and care; language-aware education; multilingualism; equality (values)

Free keywords: language awareness; multilingualism; early childhood education; equality

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Reporting Year: 2021

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