What Do Children Learn at Swedish Preschools?

  •  Lisbeth Lindström    


The purposes of this research are, first, to make visible, examine, and illuminate preschool teachers’ perception of what children enrolled in preschools learn and how they learn it; and second, to highlight and illuminate what abilities preschool teachers perceive that children can develop during their stay at preschools. As a theoretical framework, theories of entrepreneurship education and citizenship education are used. The research was conducted using a questionnaire sent out to thirteen local municipalities in the county of Norrbotten in the north of Sweden. The results showed a thoroughgoing positive response from the respondents to almost all of the statements presented in the questionnaire. The positive responses that the preschool teachers and other staff gave to the statements in the questionnaire can be an important platform for the development of active citizenship, although these positive responses still need to be critically analysed and further investigated.Based on the research results, it is argued that the relationship between entrepreneurship education and citizenship education is a close one and that it is possible for one to lend itself to the other and strengthen the development of individual´s skills for inclusion in society from very early ages. 

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