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Global Perspectives in Early Childhood Education

Diversity, Challenges and Possibilities

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Edited By Marika Veisson, Eeva Hujala, Peter K. Smith and Manjula Waniganayake

The idea for this book arose from presentations delivered at two conferences in Tartu and in Tallinn in Estonia. These conferences brought together many professionals and researchers working in early education, many from Europe, and also Australia and the USA. This book, written by 37 authors, consists of chapters about the development of early childhood education, children’s developing skills and the early childhood curriculum, and about the role of early childhood teachers. Further topics are the role of parents in early childhood education, and the work with children with special needs in the preschool. The book will be of interest to those interested in early childhood practice and policy.

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Global Perspectives in Early Childhood Education: Diversity, Challenges and Possibilities ............................................................... 9 SECTION A DEVELOPMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Eeva Hujala, Anneli Niikko The Science of Early Childhood Education – Core Ideas ............................... 21 Eve Kikas, Marja-Kristiina Lerkkanen Education in Estonia and Finland .................................................................... 33 Ulla Härkönen The Process of Creating the Pedagogical Systems Theory for Early Childhood and Preschool Education.................................... 47 James E. Johnson, Jennifer Chestnut Pyles ECE in the USA: Focus on the State-Funded Pre-K Movement..................... 67 Mare Torm 170 Years of Development in Estonian Preschool Institutions: Historical Trends in Preschool Education ....................................................... 81 Marika Veisson, Paul Kees, Taimi Tulva, And Maie Vikat Development of the Field of Preschool Education in Tallinn University .......................................................................................... 105 Sigrun Sand Early Childhood Education in a Multicultural Norway................................. 125 Jarmo Kinos Early Childhood Education in Finland – History, the Present and a Little Part of the Future ........................................................................ 141 Airi Liimets What “Gifts” Could Good Beginnings Have in Education Interpreted as a Difference?........................................................................... 153 6 Tiiu Tammemäe The Development of Speech of Estonian Children Aged 2–4 Years and Its Connections with Environmental Factors where the Child is Growing Up ..................................................................... 165 Kristina Nugin, Marika Veisson The Intellectual Development of 3–6-Year-Old Children in Different Child Rearing Environments in Estonia .................................... 183 Mairi Männamaa, Eve Kikas Developing a Test Battery for Assessing 6- and 7-Year-Old Children’s Cognitive Skills............................................................................ 203 Piret Soodla, Eve Kikas Oral Narratives of 6–7 Years Old Estonian Children.................................... 217 Marja-Kristiina Lerkkanen, Timo Ahonen, Anna-Maija Poikkeus The Development of Reading Skills and Motivation and Identification...

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