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Professional Development and Impact of the Early Change Project: Reflections from the Finnish Example

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the reflections and feedback from the implementation of the Early Change project in Finland. More specifically, it discusses the particular way in which the project was implemented in Finland, presents some experiences of the early childhood teachers who used the observational rating scales and the way that it influenced their practices. Further, it discusses the impact the use of observational rating scales had on two levels—on the professional development of the early childhood teachers and on the educational policies implemented in the educational districts that were partners in the Early Change project.

Keywords

Early change project Early childhood education Professional development ECERS-R 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläUK
  2. 2.Mayo clinicJacksonvilleUS
  3. 3.Finnish Institute of Occupational HealthHelsinkiUK

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