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Theoretical perspectives

Children's right to play: An examination of the importance of play in the lives of children worldwide. Lester, S., & Russell. W. (2010). Working papers in: Early Childhood Development. Bernard van Leer Foundation.

The state of Aboriginal learning in Canada: A holistic approach to measuring success

Canadian Council on Learning (CCLA)
Publication Date: 
9 Dec 2009
Entered Date: 
9 Dec 2009

Useful websites

Skolverket. Swedish National Agency for Education
Skolverket is the central administrative authority for the Swedish public school system including the preschool and school-age child care systems. Skolverket ensures that national targets for child care and the school system are achieved through development, research and evaluation. Skolverket's extensive English language website provides a wealth of information on the Swedish ECEC system.

Other selected research, overviews and media

International and comparative research

Issues in education for children three to eight in six countries
by Richard M. Clifford & Gisele M.Crawford
Source: FPG Child Development Institute, 2009
Report in pdf (8 pp.)

Promoting children's welfare in the Nordic countries
by Hiilamo, Heikki
Source: Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Government of Finland
Report in pdf (88pp.)

Reports from the OECD Thematic Review of ECEC

Early childhood education and care country profiles - Sweden
Source: OECD, 2006
Profile from Starting Strong II in pdf (7 pp.)

Curricula and pedagogies in early childhood education and care
Source: OECD, 2004
Full report in pdf (34pp.)

Early childhood education and care in Sweden
by Barbara Martin Korpi
Source: OECD, 2000
Conference paper in pdf (9pp.)

Documents from the Swedish government

Overviews and fact sheets

An overview of the Swedish education system
Source: Skolverket: Swedish National Agency for Education, 2009
Interactive diagram (Flash required)

From preschool pedagogy to nanotechnology: Education and research in Sweden
Source: Government Offices of Sweden, 2009
Document in pdf (28 pp.)

Play and exploration: Early learning program guide

Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan
Publication Date: 
1 Apr 2008
Entered Date: 
11 Nov 2009

Review backs later formal lessons

BBC News
Publication Date: 
16 Oct 2009
Entered Date: 
4 Nov 2009

Raising the bar [CA-BC]

McManus, Kelly
Publication Date: 
17 Sep 2009
Entered Date: 
23 Sep 2009
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