Comparative Perspectives of Early Years Education

Campus Joensuu

Dates: 14-25 August 2017
Credits: 5 ECTS
Teaching language: English
Level: Bachelor, Master
Max. number of attendees: 25 students

Coordinator: Sari Havu-Nuutinen, sari.havu-nuutinen(at)
Responsible department: School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education
Learning outcomes: The course enhances student's understanding of the current policies and practices in preschool and early elementary education in different countries.  Students will develop their basic conceptual and methodological understanding and skills for applying systematic comparisons in the field of preschool and early elementary education. The course improves student’s critical understanding of the relationship of educational systems and policies in cross-cultural contexts.


Comparative perspectives of preschool and early elementary education are examined through relevant studies, articles and observations of Finnish classes. In the beginning of the course the framework for comparative education will be introduced and curriculum comparisons of several countries will be conducted. The curriculum and instructional practices in Finland will be considered through observations and related research.  As a course work students prepare an essay of preschool and early elementary education in some particular countries using relevant literature, journal articles or observation material.
Modes of Study: Seminars 12 hours, observations 6 hours, and independent reading and coursework 80 hours

Assessment: grades 0-5

1) Active participation

2) Observation task and its reflection

3) Short presentation of the course work

4) Course work: written essay which they return to Moodle by end of the August

Teacher: Sari Havu-Nuutinen