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Early Childhood Education Institutions, Policies and Practices -research group (ECEPP)

Research theme 2

Transforming institutional and professional spaces

Transforming institutional and professional spaces sub theme gathers the projects focusing on the changes in the ECE work environment. The projects investigate the implications the changes have to the ECE work communities and professional identities and spaces. 

Transforming professional spaces and identities

Team: Päivi Kupila & Kirsti Karila

Aim: In the project Transforming professional spaces and identities (Kupila and Karila) the focus is the negotiation of professional spaces in early education. The research investigates the ways in which teachers construct and reconstruct working identities by using the discourses available to them. Work identity is examined in relation to space and cultural contexts.

Mentoring professionals in early childhood education

PI: Päivi Kupila

The purpose of project Mentoring professionals in early childhood education (Kupila) is to investigate the implementation of a mentoring program designed to build peer mentoring in ECEC.  Mentors are trained for their roles. The aim is to study the process of mentoring program, components and stages of the process, benefits likewise challenges as experienced by the mentors who were trained in the program likewise the professional development process of the mentor.

ECEC-teachers' development competence on the boudary space between working life and university training

PI: Tuulikki Ukkonen-Mikkola

Aim: The aim of the project is to investigate ECEC teachers' development competence. The goal is to develop practices and tools of learning at practical training and at work life.
Collaborative partners: Early childhood education partnership network (municipality representatives of Tampere, Kangasala, Lempäälä, Nokia, Pirkkala and Ylöjärvi)

Doctoral students:

Hanna Hjelt’s research Power and responsibility in ECEC employees’ speech aims to examine the way ECEC employees’ talk about their work, its goals and demands. In the focus of this discursive research is speech and particular ways of talking about power relations and responsibilities of employees.

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