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Call for papers

We invite you to join us to share examples of good practices for promoting sustainable early childhood education. We are interested in research-based initiatives and discussions as well as practical experiences and approaches.

The conference programme is built around five themes: pedagogically strong early childhood education, ecologically strong early childhood education, socially strong early childhood education, culturally strong early childhood education and economically strong early childhood education.

Do come and share your knowledge and vision and strengthen our joint pool of competence at this international conference. Call for papers is now open!

Conference themes

Pedagogically strong early childhood education

Joint discussions about pedagogy as well as systematic assessment and development involving various parties lead to high-quality early childhood education. Pedagogically strong early childhood education calls for good pedagogic leadership. Which education and teaching practices promote children’s wellbeing and advance their growth and learning? What value base and competence are required? What kinds of structures and practices support development? What kind of leadership does pedagogically strong early childhood education call for?

Join us to share your knowledge and experience about pedagogic values, choices, practices and structures for leading and developing early childhood education pedagogy in a strong and sustainable manner.

Ecologically strong early childhood education

Early childhood education plays an important role in building a sustainable future. How do we secure the availability of resources for a good life for present and future generations? How can we strengthen children’s relationship with nature? How do we offer children information and experiences about actions that have a positive impact on the environment? How do we nurture their faith in the future despite environmental threats? These and many other questions regarding ecological sustainability challenge us to discuss and develop new practices for early childhood education.

Join us to share your knowledge and experience of, for example, how nature can be used as a learning environment and a source of learning, or how recycling and tune-up can be used to engage in new ecological activities with children.

Socially strong early childhood education

Early childhood education has always had the task of developing children’s social skills. In addition, socially strong early childhood education promotes social equality and evens out differences between children from different backgrounds. At present, discussions should focus on the realisation of comprehensive wellbeing, equity, safety and inclusion in early childhood education. From the perspective of children, collaboration with families and other partners is also significant.

A variety of operating models and practices to support socially sustainable development have been developed in early childhood education.

Join us to discuss ways to develop children’s emotional and interaction skills, strengthen their inclusion and sense of community and address bullying. Issues related to different ways of supporting children’s growth, development and learning will also discussed.

Culturally strong early childhood education

In early childhood education, children are provided with a safe, appreciative and accepting environment for growth and learning. In linguistically and culturally strong early childhood education, cultural diversity and cultural heritage form a vital part of activities. What is a linguistically and culturally strong learning environment like? How do we take the linguistic and cultural backgrounds of all families into account? How do we secure the preservation and development of the multitude of languages and cultures from generation to generation? What methods can we use to strengthen the identity and vitality of various cultural groups?

Join us to discuss values, attitudes, practices and structures related to language and culture. The workshops will also focus on ways to positively support children’s linguistic and cultural development in the practices of early childhood education.

Economically strong early childhood education

Economically strong early childhood education aims to strengthen children’s wellbeing in ways that do not excessively consume our non-renewable environmental resources. The provision of economically strong early childhood education is also sustainable: responsibly organised services aim to secure the child’s best interests, not achieve economic benefits. High-quality early childhood education calls for an economic policy that takes the impacts on children into consideration. Economically strong early childhood education focuses on children in the here and now, but looks into the future, learning from the past. It lays the foundation for a functioning society, taking future generations into consideration. Do you discuss energy consumption with children? How does your day care centre foster moderation and thrift and teach children about sustainable finances? How are the sustainability of purchases and the impact the production of goods has on nature and people’s lives discussed in early childhood education?

Join us to share good methods for promoting economically strong early childhood education. Research initiatives and discussions about economic sustainability in early childhood education are also welcome.

How to submit your proposal

Choose the one of the five conference themes which suites best to your topic.

There will be thematic working groups for oral presentations and poster sessions for text-based presentations at the conference.

Submit your proposal 15th December 2019 at the latest.

Please write your proposal in English, and use this proposal form (Webropol).

The maximum length of the written proposal is 250 words.

You will receive confirmation of your proposal in January 2020.

Additional information

childrenfirst(at)oph.fi