We have started a pilot, in which individual kindergartens, groups and maybe even children can get real-time feedback of their processes. In the first stage the pilot includes Siimapuisto kindergarten in Vantaa and Nummenkylä kindergarten in Järvenpää. We aim to have the tools ready by spring 2019 and it is applicable then also in other kindergartens and with childminders. The picture is from the first observation training in Siimapuisto 15 March 2018.
Kati Rintakorpi’s dissertation From documentation towards pedagogical documentation in early
childhood was examined 26 January 2018 at the University of Helsinki. Opponent was professor Eeva Hujala and custos professor Lasse Lipponen. In the quantitative part of the dissertation Orientation project data was used. The results indicated that pedagogical documentation is related, for example, to children’s more positive emotions but also to educators’ greater absence from the situation (click on the table on the left). The dissertation is unfortunately in Finnish, but at least the abstract and the articles are in English.
It is one small step for early educator, one giant leap for early education! To start using the new progressive feedback interface with a regular web-browser. In the interface there are both readymade analysis and a possibility to edit the results in many ways, resulting in a versatile and real-time feedback for the early educators. Now the cities have access to Finnish results in real time. What’s more, now the city’s own results can be seen in comparison. We have started a new era in the evaluation, feedback and development of Early Childhood Education.
The cooperation between China and Orientation project at the University of Helsinki is getting more profound. China is fast becoming the leader globally also in educational quality and development. The awareness of the importance of Early Childhood Education is getting stronger in China. Finland is small in comparison to China, but we can provide the tested tools of progressive feedback to guide the development. Our main partner in the project is the CEAIE Education Committee. The Shanghai Expo Invitation is available here.
A new article about immigrant children’s participation has been published. The research data includes more than 300 immigrant children observed in their daily activities. Especially peer relations are important, but the educator is the one who can help these children in positive participation. You can read the article by clicking the link below.
Arvola, O., Lastikka, A-L. & Reunamo, J. (2017). Increasing Immigrant Children’s Participation in the Finnish Early Childhood Education Context. The European journal of social & behavioural sciences EJSBS, 20 (3), 2539-2548.
In the National Finnish television (Ylen Aamutv) on 23 Sep our project was presented. The progressive feedback in early education is a unique project globally with important new insight. Unfortunately the program is only in Finnish, see Yle Areena.
In Finland we had more than 60 000 observations, of which more than 23 000 included peer relations. Helsingin Sanomat reports on our findings August 31.
We have three presentation in EARLI 2017 conference 29 Aug – 2.Sep:
Enhancing Physical Activity in Taiwanese Early Childhood Education and Care Jyrki Reunamo, University of Helsinki, Finland; Li-Chen Wang, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Hui-Chun Lee, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan.
How to implement the observation strategies to raise the Quality of Early Childhood Education (ECEC) James Ko, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Jyrki Reunamo, University of Helsinki, Finland; Hui-Chun Lee, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan; Li-Chen Wang, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Hui-Hua Chen, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan; Shu-Shuan Shih, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan.
Progressive feedback in Finnish Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Jyrki Reunamo, University of Helsinki, Finland; Li-Chen Wang, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Hui-Chun Lee, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan; Shu-Chuan Shih, National Taitung University, Taiwan; Hui-Hua Chen, Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.
Our project was the main headlines in 17th August in the Finnish main quality newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Early years education matters! The text is in Finnish, try it with Google translate. At least you can enjoy the inspiring pictures!
In Finland, Progressive feedback in Early Years is a project funded by the National Agency for Education. There are 12 municipalities participating in the project, which aims for sustainable development of ECE. We develop tools, measures and practices, with which we can get valid and reliable research results on Early Education activities.We also aim for data driven feedback for the educators and experts of Early Education. We have a conference describing the project and working out future plans 16 August, with some Taiwanese examples to share with the Finnish participants.