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Preschool teachers’ personal conceptions about children's learning in kindergarten

Uta Malnar (2016) Preschool teachers’ personal conceptions about children's learning in kindergarten. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    The preschool teachers personal’ conceptions are individual notions, views, opinions and values that concern a certain field of preschool education and represent guidelines for planing and executing kindergarten activities to teachers. Preschool teachers’ personal conceptions are connected into complex structures, that we call subjective theories. The basic goal of the dissertation was to investigate, and find out what the preschool teachers personal conceptions and the subjective theories about learning and teaching kindergarten children are, and what factors influenced such personal conceptions. I was also interested in how the preschool teachers understand the principle of active teaching of kindergarten children, and how they perceive the role of a teacher (what is their role) in the process of teaching children in kindergarten. On the basis of findings from scientific writings I designed a questionnaire and, in the empiric part, tried to figure out what the preschool teachers personal conceptions and subjective theories about studying and teaching children or carrying out activities in kindergarten are. I also wanted to find out what forms of studying and teaching or carrying out activities the teachers most often use, and what forms and methods/didactic approach they use in their work. I was interested in how teachers perceive the principle of active teaching of children in kindergarten, the role of the teacher in the process of active teaching in kindergarten and what is the most encouraging environment for active teaching in kindergarten for the teachers who filled out the questionnaire. From the gathered results from the questionnaires I found out, that the personal conceptions of teaching of those who filled out the questionnaire, are moving in the desired direction, from more basic personal conceptions towards higher, more complex and newer levels of personal conception, from the traditional model of teaching towards modern, more active models. I found out, that the personal conceptions of the teachers who filled out the questionnaire form and change in the direction of those on a higher cognitive level, where the definition of teaching is broader than just hoarding knowledge.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: personal conceptions, subjective theory, learning, teaching, preschool teacher, kindergarten
    Number of Pages: 60
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Alenka PolakMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11136073)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 3666
    Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 16:13
    Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 16:13
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/3666

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