Työssäoppiminen koulutuksen ja työelämän rajavyöhykkeellä

Työssäoppiminen koulutuksen ja työelämän rajavyöhykkeellä

Author(s):Tuulikki Ukkonen-Mikkolaa (tuulikki.ukkonen-mikkola@staff.uta.fi) & Henriikka Turtiainenb

Source: Journal of Early Childhood Education Research; Vol 5(1), p. 44-68.

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Abstract: This study is linked to the activities of the early childhood education (ECE) partner-ship network coordinated by the University of Tampere. The aim of the study is to explore the activities, which takes place during the learning at work processes of the ECE students in the boundary space of the university and of the kindergarten. The theoretical framework of the study is linked to boundary work, and the boundary space is analyzed by using the factors of activity system described by Engeström. The study is qualitative and the data consists of the students’, mentors´ and teach-ers’ interviews, the focus group interview of the steering group of the regional partnership network of ECE, and the students’ narratives. The results show that the boundary work activity appears during the students’ learning at work process in many ways in the encounters between the university and the kindergarten. Common ECE orientation of the organizations and commitment of the actors helped in the reaching the shared objective, which is the development of student’s professionalism. Conflicts and development needs were also apparent in the boundary space. The results of the study can be utilised in the development of the learning at work process and the whole ECE teacher education.

Author-Supplied Keywords: learning at work, boundary work, activity system, early childhood education, teacher training

ISSN: 2323-7414

ISSN-L: 2323-7414 online

Author Affiliation: a, bUniversity of Tampere, Finland