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Title: Working with children with special needs in Finnish kindergartens: Professions and/or specialists?
Contributor(s): Nislin, Mari A (author); Paananen, Maiju (author); Repo, Laura (author); Sajaniemi, Nina (author); Sims, Margaret (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.4102/sajce.v5i3.368
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Abstract: The aim is to investigate the links between job satisfaction of Finnish early childhood professionals (ECPs) and the appreciation they receive for their work, and how these are associated with their competence to work with children with diverse needs and backgrounds. Data was collected via nationwide online survey for practitioners (n = 885) working in Finnish kindergartens. The main findings show that ECPs experience their work as satisfactory and receive appreciation from colleagues, friends and the children's parents. It was also evident form the data that ECPs felt themselves to be incompetent to work with children with disabilities or children who had experienced trauma. This may reflect that more in-service training regarding these special education issues is needed. We argue that satisfaction, appreciation and competence, are key factors in the development of a strong professional identity, enhanced well-being at work and in other domains of life and particularly for high quality and inclusive early childhood education.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: South African Journal of Childhood Education, 5(3), p. 1-10
Publisher: South African Research Association for Early Childhood Education
Place of Publication: Johannesburg, South Africa
ISSN: 2223-7682
Field of Research (FOR): 130312 Special Education and Disability
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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