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ERIC Number: EJ1173586
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Solution Stories: A Narrative Study of How Teachers Support Children's Problem Solving
Kelley, Laura
Early Childhood Education Journal, v46 n3 p313-322 May 2018
Young children's self-regulation and problem-solving skills are significant predictors of school success. While early childhood educators shape the development of these skills, providing effective and timely assistance can be challenging. Drawing on complementary theories of Vygotsky, Pekrun, and Lerner, this article chronicles the instructional approaches and strategies employed by one team of teachers to support preschool children's solutions to complex functional and social problems in the classroom. Findings from this narrative study highlight the focal teachers' use of modeling, mindful language, and other proactive strategies to develop students' problem-solving skills and foster independence. In an age of results-focused education, this article argues for the importance of cultivating intentional teacher pedagogies that build young children's autonomy and efficacy by working through problems, as opposed to seeking resolution only. In so doing, this study elucidates the value of these intuitive and often nuanced aspects of early childhood educators' classroom practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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