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Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec, Darja Žikovšek


For children and their parents, starting kindergarten is an important turning point in life. In this period, it is important that parents, prior starting kindergarten, have a quality consultation with the kindergarten’s pedagogue. With his/hers professional knowledge he/she is competent enough to carry out an education counselling interview with parents of preschool children. Through an education counselling interview, a pedagogue presents all aspects of the problem connected with the start of kindergarten, as well as the optimal way of confronting this event. Hereinafter, we present the results of the research which intention was to study the process, contents, and meaning of introductory education counselling interviews with parents. Further, we wanted to establish the pedagogues’ role in Slovenian kindergartens regarding the integration of a child in kindergarten. We obtained an insight in problems that occur during pedagogues’ work directly in practice and stressed proposals which could better their position. Based on the analysis of data gained by interviewing pedagogues employed in Slovenian kindergartens, we found out that the pedagogues’ role regarding the integration of children in kindergartens is not well known yet.

Key words: kindergarten, pedagogue, integration of a child in kindergarten

Ph.D. Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec, full professor of pedagogy, Department of Educational Sciences, University of Primorska, Faculty of Education, Koper, Slovenia

Darja Žikovšek, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Koroška cesta 160, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Cite this article:
Lepicnik Vodopivec Jurka, Zikovsek Darja. A PEDAGOGUE’S ROLE REGARDING THE INTEGRATION OF A CHILD IN KINDERGARTEN. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.3:106-117, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no3-art05

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no3-art05

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