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Blå Serie 33 – Abstracts

 

Grethe Kragh-Müller, Associate Professor, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University and Charlotte Ringsmose, Professor MSO, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University. Presentation of the study “Educational quality in large and small child care centers”. Pædagogisk Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 2016, Den Blå Serie, Vol. 33, 6-15 – With a view to reducing child care costs, for some years the trend has been to build increasingly larger child care centers, while closing small child care centers. This development has caused many parties to express concern, however, research in this area has been lacking. Consequently, in 2013, a large study was initiated to investigate the educational quality in large and

small child care centers with the aim of clarifying the importance of size in relation to the children’s well-being, and opportunities for development and learning. This article presents the core aspects, theory and methods of the study.

Grethe Kragh-Müller, Associate Professor, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University. Children’s everyday life and well-being in large and small child care centers. Pædagogisk Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 2016, Den Blå Serie, Vol. 33, 16-31 – As Danish children spend a large proportion of their waking hours in child care, it is vital that they thrive and enjoy a good childhood in Danish child care centers. A core aspect of the study on educational quality in large and small child care centers was therefore to investigate the children’s perspectives regarding their well-being while in child care. The interviews with children revealed that the children’s well-being in the child care centers related mainly to playing and having good friends. Well-being also involves having close and caring relationships with the adults, and having a range of interesting play opportunities and activities. According

to the children in both large and small child care centers, their opportunities to some extent enable them to realize their wishes about enjoying a good childhood in everyday life. However, the children attending the large centers experienced a number of challenges related to well-being in child care.
 

Charlotte Ringsmose, Professor MSO, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University. Pedagogue perspectives on day-care institution size and organizational conditions for the pedagogic work. Pædagogisk Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 2016, Den Blå Serie, Vol. 33, 32-43 – In this study pedagogues in large and small settings have been interviewed, and the data has been analyzed in in order to identify how preschool size forms conditions for the pedagogy. The study shows that T

the size of the preschool setting influences the pedagogy, and that this should be taken in to consideration in decision-making and planning for preschools. Due to the large number of children in preschools in Denmark, the rapid changes such as the growth of the large preschool settings may potentially damage quality for many years to come.
 

Charlotte Ringsmose, Professor, MSO, MSc in Psychology (Educational Psychology), Licensed Psychologist, Ph.D. Management perspectives on day-care institution size and organizational conditions for the pedagogic work. Pædagogisk Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 2016, Den Blå Serie, Vol. 33, 44-52 – Data for this study is based on interviews with managers in large and small preschool settings. The aim of the study was to identify the size of the preschool, and the organizational conditions for practicing leadership and management. The study shows that the size of the preschool forms a condition for the management.
 

Grethe Kragh-Müller, Associate Professor, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University. KIDS - assessments of educational quality in large and small child care centers. Pædagogisk Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 2016, Den Blå Serie, Vol. 33, 53-65 – This article summarizes the results of the KIDS evaluations of educational quality in the 12 child care centers that participated in the study on educational quality in large and small child care centers. As part of this study, 12 centers were assessed using KIDS (Kvalitet I Daginstitutioner - Quality in Child Care Centers). The KIDS assessments were supplemented by observations made at the 12 institutions with the aim of researching these in more depth and incorporating specific examples in the study. Although there were differences across large and small centers, the KIDS assessments showed that large centers face a number of challenges in relation to achieving good educational quality in day-to-day practice.
 

Malene My Kragh, MSc in Psychology, Center for Children and Adolescents – pedagogic psychological counseling – Furesø Municipality. I really would like to play, but it is difficult. Pædagogisk Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 2016, Den Blå Serie, Vol. 33, 66-81 – Research shows that from a child’s perspective, quality in child care concerns the child’s possibilities for participating in play with peers. The aim of this article is to examine if these possibilities differ in large and small child care centers. The method used in the study is participatory observation, and the findings indicate that engaging in play with peers is a more demanding task in large child care centers – a task arising from the demands posed by the everyday structure and physical layout of these centers.

Grethe Kragh-Müller, Associate Professor, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University and Malene My Kragh, MSc in Psychology, Center for Children and Adolescents – pedagogic psychological counseling – Furesø Municipality. Educational quality and relationships in large and small child care centers. Pædagogisk Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 2016, Den Blå Serie, Vol. 33, 82-101 – The purpose of the article is to investigate the educational quality of childcare centers in relation to adult-child relationships, as well as the children’s play relationships in large child care centers. The article is based on two studies that used a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. The studies indicate that the establishment of close and acknowledging relationships between adults and children, as well as participation in play relationships, comprises of a more demanding task in large child care centers than in small centers. This difference appears to be based particularly on the requirements that the everyday structure, physical layout and staff activities create for children and

adults in large centers. Based on these results, evidence appears to exist supporting the conclusion that there is cause for concern regarding limited opportunities for establishing close relationships between the children and the adults, as well as between the children themselves in large child care centers.

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