Skip to main content

The Agder Project

Can Norwegian daycare centers improve children's developmental trajectories by more systematically cultivate key school readiness skills known to promote future learning?

Publisert: Endret:
Facts
Location

Agder, Norway

Sample

About 100 daycare centers

Timeline

The project is completed

Facts
Target group

Five-year-olds at Norwegian daycare centers

Outcome of interest

To understand whether Norwegian daycare centers can improve children's developmental trajectories by more systematically cultivate key school readiness skills known to promote future learning

Intervention

Cultivating four sets of school readiness skills – self-regulation, interpersonal, vocabulary and numeracy skills

Leveling the playing field

Norway's gaps in learning outcomes between children of advantaged and disadvantaged families are substantial, despite its generous welfare system.

To barn leker ved en huske.
The Agder project is an intervention to promote school readiness and human potential. Photo:

 

Research shows unequivocally that high-quality early-childhood preschool programs can have substantial impacts on children's learning trajectories.

Norway may be missing a key opportunity to close the gaps between children of advantaged and disadvantaged families. This is because the learning framework of Norwegian daycare centers (Early Childhood Education and Care, ECEC) does not reflect international empirical evidence from the early childhood education literature linking key curricular foci to successful child development.

Cultivate key school readiness skills 

Our project aims to understand whether Norwegian daycare centers can improve children's developmental trajectories by more systematically cultivate key school readiness skills known to promote future learning. To do so, we will design and implement a randomized field experiment in which we offer five-year-olds at Norwegian daycare centers a school readiness intervention program.

Intervention program 

The development of the intervention program will be done in collaboration with Norwegian daycare teachers. The intervention program will cultivate four sets of school readiness skills – self-regulation, interpersonal, vocabulary and numeracy skills – which numerous studies have identified as foundational for future learning and development.

About 100 daycare centers will participate in the field experiment, with 50 randomly selected centers in the treatment group.

School readiness for all children 

We will examine program effects by assessing children's skills with official mapping tests in first grade and more intensive measuring instruments utilized both at the end of day care and at the end of first grade. Important questions are: Can a more systematic cultivation of self-regulation, interpersonal, vocabulary and numeracy skills of five-year-olds in Norwegian daycare centers improve these children's success in the transition to formal schooling? Is the program particularly beneficial for children from disadvantaged families?

Read more about The Agder project

The project group:

Professor
51833721
UiS Business School

Department of Economics and Finance
Professor
51832934
Læringsmiljøsenteret, avd. Stavanger
Faculty of Arts and Education

Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioral Research in Education
Rådgiver
51833747
UiS Business School

Fakultetsadministrasjonen HH-UIS
Universitetslektor
51832954
Læringsmiljøsenteret, avd. Stavanger
Faculty of Arts and Education

Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioral Research in Education
Avdelingsleder
51833771
UiS Business School

Department of Economics and Finance
førsteamanuensis
51832947
Læringsmiljøsenteret, avd. Stavanger
Faculty of Arts and Education

Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioral Research in Education
Førsteamanuensis
51832943
Læringsmiljøsenteret, avd. Stavanger
Faculty of Arts and Education

Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioral Research in Education
Per Sigurd Hundeland
Førsteamanuensis i matematikkdidaktikk
Institutt for matematiske fag
Ingvald Erfjord
Førsteamanuensis i matematikkdidaktikk
Institutt for matematiske fag
Martin Carlsen
Førsteamanuensis i matematikkdidaktikk
Institutt for matematiske fag
Svanhild Breive
Stipendiat
Institutt for matematiske fag

Read more from the Centre:

Research articles from the Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment

A selection of research articles from the Centre. Use the DOI-link to read abstract.

A collaborative approach to researching student learning engagement

Which classroom practices are critical for creating an engaging learning environment? UiS researchers from different d...

INTERACT – quality in classroom interactions

The goal of the INTERACT project is to investigate how digital video-based dialogue can support teachers in the work of ...

Sensory books – Coming back to our senses to transform children’s digital reading

This cutting-edge project researches the power of smells and scents to transform children’s reading.

SELMA - Social and Emotional Learning & Life Mastery in Early Childhood Education and Care

In SELMA, researchers and employees in Norwegian Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) centers will collaborate to d...

Playful learning

The researchers in this project aim to create a scientifically based playful learning curriculum for 5-year-olds in dayc...

Analysis finds that digital picture books may harm young children’s learning

A comprehensive meta-analysis of prior research has found, overall, that children ages 1 to 8 were less likely to unders...

EADP Summer Tour September 2021

The EADP Summer Tour 2021 will be virtually hosted in three European countries during three consecutive Fridays in Septe...

Impact case: The Agder Project

UiS researchers have developed and tested a structured play-based curriculum for children at their last year of preschoo...

Find an expert - for journalists

Do you need an researcher to comment on a case you are working on? At Centre for learning environment we have experts on...

Classroom interaction for enhanced student learning CIESL

The CIESL-project aims at gaining knowledge on teachers' implementation of classroom interaction when participating in a...

Ten ways to prevent school refusal

Are you struggling with getting your child to school? Here is some advice on what you should do as a parent – and what y...

What is classroom management?

To understand classroom leadership is to have more room for actions.

Measures agaist bullying in school

Everyone in the school is responsible for preventing bullying.

Consequences for victims of bullying

Bullying can have serious and long-lasting consequences for the victim. Children that have experienced being bullied can...

Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying is bullying carried out using electronic means.

What is bullying?

Approximately 40.000 (5 percent) children and teenagers in Norway experience bullying on a regular basis. Nearly as many...

Resilient

The learning program ROBUST aims to increase well-being, motivation and academic achievement among lower secondary schoo...