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Doctor of Psychology, Professor, University of Oulu,Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. Editor, Journal of Russian and East European Psychology, University of Oulu, Helsinki, Finland
EdD, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oulu, Helsinki, Finland
The article provides program guidelines of developmental early education sketch an educational framework for transforming principles of Education for All to teacher education practice. Guideline goals and recommendations are based on fresh research findings on early learning and neuroscience, Vygotskian methodological principles of cultural development and international comparisons of early education services. The core of the program consist of integrated study units, which emphasize teacher competences in promoting children’s play-based learning, reflective skills in enhancing own and children’s creativity, and guiding inclusive classroom activities. Play-based learning is emphasized because of its inclusive function in heterogeneous early education classroom and effects on executive functions of special needs children.
Keywords: developmental education, inclusion, play-based learning, early education, master’s degree, teacher competences, assessment, creativity
Column: Play in the Life of a Modern Child
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