Multi-professional teamwork in Finnish early childhood education and care

Kirsti Karila, Päivi Kupila

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This article analyses the theoretical, practical, and political interpretations of multi-professional teamwork in Finnish early childhood education and care during the last two decades. A semi-systematic approach was used to provide an overview of teams, teamwork, team composition, and multi-professionalism. The data were drawn from two main sources: key Finnish policy documents that regulate or guide multi-professional teamwork and a systematic literature review of multi-professional teamwork in Finnish research studies over the past 20 years. The data were examined through the lens of thematic analysis. In the final phase of the analysis, we constructed a narrative timeline. The timeline indicates two main themes: one is an emphasis on multi-professional teamwork as a resource combined with the challenges in implementing it, the other is an emphasis on pedagogy and the clarification of professional profiles. The timeline illustrates changes in the ways multi-professional teamwork has been interpreted, guided, and studied.
Original languageEnglish
Article number21
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Child Care and Education Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Early childhood education and care, Teamwork, Multi-professionalism, Document analysis, Finland, Professionalism, Relational expertise, Systematic literature review

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