Researching Finnish early childhood teachers’ pedagogical work using Layder’s research map

Tuulikki Ukkonen-Mikkola
University of Tampere

Elina Fonsén
University of Helsinki

This study examines the experiences of early childhood teachers in their everyday pedagogical work. The data for this qualitative study consists of the diaries of early childhood teachers. Layder’s (1993) research map has been used to structure the theoretical background and provide an analytical frame to categorise the data.
The results show that early childhood teachers’ work is complex and demanding, but they did encounter successes in their work. Certain common themes were identified on the levels of Layder’s research map. These themes, which were experienced both as successes and challenges, included laws and steering documents, values and attitudes, pedagogical principles and solutions, leadership, collaborative structures, interaction, professional self-conception and skills. The challenges in the teachers’ work were caused by differing professional values, a lack of discussion, and inoperative organisational structures and practices, among others.

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood—Volume 43 Number 4 December 2018.

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