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Teaching and learning in age-homogeneous groups versus mixed-age groups in the preschool – the Swedish example
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences, Educational science. (ECE)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3412-8486
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences, Educational science, Curriculum studies. (ECE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0776-3110
2022 (English)In: Cogent Education, E-ISSN 2331-186X, Vol. 9, no 1, article id 2109802Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study presented in this article investigates how the curriculum is implemented and transformed by teachers in mixed-age and age-homogeneous groups, the most common age-constellations in the Swedish preschool. The data was collected through group interviews with preschool teachers. The interviews were transcribed and analysed with the support of thematic analysis and connected to a sociocultural perspective on learning. The findings show that the teachers in the different age formations use both the same and different teaching strategies, which means that the curriculum is implemented and transformed in different ways. The teaching and learning events in the age-homogenous groups appear to be more structured and planned, whereas in the mixed-aged groups the teaching is more spontaneous and embedded in the everyday activities.

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Taylor & Francis , 2022. Vol. 9, no 1, article id 2109802
Keywords [en]
Age-homogenous group, mixed-age-group, teaching strategies, preschool education
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Educational Sciences
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Innovative Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-39675DOI: 10.1080/2331186x.2022.2109802ISI: 000838415900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85135946933OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-39675DiVA, id: diva2:1686652
Available from: 2022-08-10 Created: 2022-08-10 Last updated: 2022-08-29Bibliographically approved

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