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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/chp

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Children`s activities in Norwegian kindergartens. Part 2: Focus on variations

Kallestad J.H., Dr. philos, Associate professor, Bergen University College Faculty of Education (Bergen, Norway)
Odegaard E.E., PhD, Professor, Bergen University College, University of Tromsø
Abstract
The present study was undertaken to explore Variations in conditions for cultural formation in kinder- garten. Kindergarten teachers (31) reported qualitative descriptions of children's activities in kindergartens several times a day for a whole week in 2008 (Bergen, Norway). Based on 798 activity reports, the present study provides an overview of characteristics in the daily life of young children in kindergartens, which theo- retically highlights their cultural formation. The overall picture of children's activities is reported in Part 1 of our study. The present report (Part 2) explores variation among different kindergartens (units) and groups of children with regard to main activities. The investigated group variables were age, gender, cultural back- ground, and physical and psychological disabilities. The results show that children's activities were in some cases dependent on age, we found a gender mix in almost half of the reported activities (45 percent) and final- ly that Norwegian kindergartens seem to be rather homogenous and able to integrate the minority groups we have focused. The article also points out further research questions.

Keywords: Activities in kindergartens, quality in kindergartens, conditions for cultural formation in childhood

Column: Empirical Research

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