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Overview of activities, spring 2017


Guest lecture, March 27 at 2 pm in room BE 026
Zeinolabedin (Ali) Safdari, PhD student in Educational/Instructional Technology, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran

Early Childhood Education in Iran
Preschool education in Iran dates back to the early years of the twentieth century and has been expanded in recent years. However, there are some needs and challenges which must be addressed, specifically, doing research in pertinent areas and developing our national Early Childhood
Education (ECE) curriculum for young children (younger than 4 years old).

In this seminar I will focus on:

  • The official statistics of ECE;
  • The content of the national curriculum, which has been published by the ministry of Education for 4 and 5 year olds;
  • The providers of ECE (such as nurseries, preschool centres, play groups, preschools attached to primary schools, Quranic preschool centres, and home-based centres); and
  • The dominant pedagogy of ECE in Iran (structured lesson plans, play-based, book based for older ones).

In the end, I will share some of our ideas about the future and in question-answer time I am eager to listen to attendees' experiences and notes.

24 january at 3 pm, room BE014

Aiko Oshiro, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Kio University, Japan

Early Childhood Education and Care in Japan – taking small steps for the future


I will give an overview of the current situation and issues of ECEC in Japan as well as the New Support System for Children and Childcare enforced in April 2015. We are facing many problems such as low birth rate, a shortage of childcare facilities, and long waiting lists to enter the childcare facilities. The government is trying to solve them by introducing a new system, but I point out that it’s focusing on efficient management and not designed as child-centred. At the same time, long working hours and conservative gender values are also barriers for women who wish to continue their careers after having children. Therefore, I will also focus on why we are still suffering this problem and how we are trying to overcome this situation.


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