Comparing Early Childhood Teacher Education in the subject Language learning and Early literacy in Denmark and Norway


  • Liv Gjems University of South East Norway
  • Ida Kornerup University College Copenhagen
  • Bente Vatne Volda University College
  • Vibeke Schrøder University College Copenhagen



language learning, early literacy, factual, prcedural and meta-knowledge


Few studies highlight the content of early childhood teacher education (ECTE) and examine the quality of knowledge acquired by future early childhood teachers. The current study concerns two questions. The first explores the goals of the national curricula in Danish and Norwegian ECTE concerning children’s language learning and early literacy. The second explores how satisfied Danish and Norwegian student teachers are with their own subjective learning outcomes related to the same themes. To answer the first question, data were collected through document analysis of the two countries’ national curricula. To answer the second question, data were collected through a survey handed out to student teachers in both countries at the end of their education. The survey contained questions about factual, procedural, and meta-knowledge areas. The survey participants comprised 199 Norwegian student teachers from three University Colleges and 90 Danish student teachers from three separate campuses at one University College. This study reveals that the Norwegian student teachers evaluated their subjective learning outcomes in the fields of language learning and early literacy more highly than Danish student teachers. Our research points to the fact that, compared to the Norwegian ECTE, the breadth of subjects in the Danish ECTE bachelor program tends to give lower subjective learning outcomes in these knowledge areas.


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Gjems, L., Kornerup, I. ., Vatne, B., & Schrøder, V. (2021). Comparing Early Childhood Teacher Education in the subject Language learning and Early literacy in Denmark and Norway. Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education (NJCIE), 5(1), 1–16.