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Sweden’s ECEC Staff Policy and Status

  • Journal of the Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Abbr : JSSK
  • 2019, (24), pp.267-294
  • Publisher : The Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > North Europe(Scandinavian)
  • Received : November 30, 2019
  • Accepted : December 25, 2019
  • Published : December 31, 2019

YouMe Han 1 Kong, Byung Ho 2

1호서대학교
2오산대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to introduce the types and roles of ECEC staff members and the pre-service and in-service training in Sweden. Interviews with the officials of Ministry of Education, the National Agency of Education, and the local government, the directors, preschool teachers, and assistant teachers of ECEC, and the professors were conducted in addition to the literature analysis. The main findings of the study are as follows. First, the Swedish ECEC institution worked in a democratic way (eg, a work team) while each of its principals, preschool teachers, assistant teachers and substitute teachers had their own roles. Second, the pre-serviec training program changed dramatically from the integrated teacher training in 2001 to the specialized preschool teacher degree program. Third, ECEC staff are provided with a variety of professional and career development opportunities. This study can contribute to the improvement of ECEC quality by providing implications for the integration of kindergarten teachers and childcare teachers, which is considered the biggest challenge of integration of education and care in early childhood in Korea.

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