Margrain, V. & Mellgren, E. (2015). Akobarn: developing NZ-Sweden early years teaching-research collaboration. Early Education,57(Autumn/Winter), C. McLachlan, S. Stover. 7-13. New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology.
Drawing together two key terms in early years education, ‘Akobarn’ is a unique word created for a teaching-research collaboration between New Zealand and Swedish early years academics and their institutions. The Akobarn project was initiated in 2009, with data collection for an initial literacy-focused project collected in 2010- 11, involving staff and student teachers from Massey University, NZ and from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. After providing some background information about the Akobarn project, this article provides an overview of key similarities and differences in early years education (ECE) between NZ and Sweden. This is followed by the initial research which involved collection of images of environmental text in (birth to age 8) environments across the two countries.
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