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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.

Tales from the story box: Narratives of the teachers and songs they use in teaching as expressers of change in early pedagogy

PI: Kyllikki Rantala

Aim: This project is twofold. First, it examines how general changes reflect on the pedagogy of early education and the way in which changes appear in music education – especially in the song repertoire used in kindergartens – according to how songs are used. Secondly, it examines the narratives used by musical playschool teachers, and the emotions included in these narratives. The framework of this study is based on narratives and narrative education (Abbott 2008; Goodson & Gill 2011; Ropo 2009ab, 2015), and on emotions (Myllyniemi 2004). The main data consists of videotaped teaching sessions and interviews of teachers and children. Also the songs used in the teaching are analyzed.

Multi-professional co-operation and professional identities in ECEC

PI: Tuulikki Ukkonen-Mikkola

Aim: The project examines muti-professional work and professional identities of ECEC teachers (Bachelor of Social Services or Bachelor of Education). The qualitative action research aims to identify the expertise of these two professional groups and how it becomes enacted in multi-professiona teams.

Collaborative partners: Raija Yliniemi and Outi Wallin, University of applied sciences, Tampere

Doctoral students:

Hanna Hjelt’s research Power and responsibility in ECEC employees’ speechaims 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.

Professor Kirsti Karila
Senior lecturer Päivi Kupila

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