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Guo, Karen; Kuramochi, Kiyomi – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
This study addresses children's Kyoiku (education) as it is explored by two kindergartens in Japan. It reports how the teachers, parents and children defined and experienced children's education and draws on the sociocultural concepts to understand their perspectives. Situated in the personal, educational, and sociocultural landscape of the…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Educational Experience, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Oshiro, Aiko; Pihl, Agneta; Peterson, Louise; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This study reports an analysis of how children in a Japanese kindergarten are scaffolded when facing the challenge of collaboratively retelling a "kitsune" story they have been told. What is referred to as a "kitsune" story is an example of a trickster tale with foxes as anthropomorphised animals. The participants were ten…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Story Telling
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Yamamoto, Noriko; Imai-Matsumura, Kyoko – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The present study examined gender differences in kindergarten students' ability for behavioural self-regulation and executive function in East Japan. One hundred and eleven 5-year-old children were assessed on behavioural self-regulation, inhibitory, and working memory tasks (direct measurement). Children's responses to the teacher's instructions…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Executive Function, Self Control
Shuey, Elizabeth A.; Kim, Najung; Cortazar, Alejandra; Poblete, Ximena; Rivera, Lorena; Lagos, María José; Faverio, Francesca; Engel, Arno – OECD Publishing, 2019
Curriculum plays an important role in ensuring continuity and progression from early childhood education and care (ECEC) to primary education. The alignment of curricula and standards across these settings shapes children's early experiences with education systems, with implications for children's relationships and engagement in both ECEC and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Alignment (Education), Academic Standards
Saracho, Olivia, Ed. – IAP - Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2019
Researchers from different disciplines (e.g., physiological, psychological, philosophical) have investigated motivation using multiple approaches. For example, in physiology (the scientific study of the normal function in living systems such as biology), researchers may use "electrical and chemical stimulation of the brain, the recording of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Motivation, Cognitive Processes, Young Children
Zein, Subhan, Ed.; Garton, Sue, Ed. – Multilingual Matters, 2019
Language teacher education is widely identified as one of the most important areas that needs addressing in order to improve early language instruction, yet research into teacher education for early language teachers remains relatively sparse. This volume responds to this gap by compiling studies with diverse methodological tenets from a wide…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Second Language Learning, Teacher Education, Educational Research
Kayi-Aydar, Hayriye, Ed.; Gao, Xuesong, Ed.; Miller, Elizabeth R., Ed.; Varghese, Manka, Ed.; Vitanova, Gergana, Ed. – Multilingual Matters, 2019
This volume examines the agency of second/foreign language teachers in diverse geographical contexts and in both K-12 and adult education. It offers new understandings and conceptualizations of second/foreign language teacher agency through a variety of types of empirical data. It also demonstrates the use of different methodologies or analytic…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Adult Education
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Hashimoto, Yuko; Toda, Yuichi – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The present study examined whether young children demonstrated consistencies in their allocation patterns across distributions of positive and negative resources. Preschool children from younger (age 4-5) and elder (age 5-6) classrooms were asked to allocate rewards when one person contributed more than the other and to allocate the responsibility…
Descriptors: Young Children, Preschool Education, Rewards, Justice
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Pirskanen, Henna; Jokinen, Kimmo; Karhinen-Soppi, Anu; Notko, Marianne; Lämsä, Tiina; Otani, Midori; Meil, Gerardo; Romero-Balsas, Pedro; Rogero-García, Jesús – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
The transition to formal education is a critical transition in children's lives that has importance for socio-emotional and behavioral functioning. In the transition process, teachers are key players who work intensively with children and their families. This article focuses on teachers' perceptions of children´s socio-emotional behavior during…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Cross Cultural Studies, Emotional Response, Child Behavior
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Nishida, Yukiyo – Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, 2019
This study examines how origami has been implemented, practised, and developed in the early childhood education of Japan over the past 140 years. Historically speaking, paper-folding has been part of Japanese symbolic art, craft culture, and religious ceremonial artefacts since paper and paper-folding techniques were first imported from China…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Educational Philosophy, Handicrafts, Asian Culture
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Valente, Joseph Michael – Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 2019
This article reports on our use of a "deaf lens" in adapting video-cued multivocal ethnography for the "Deaf Kindergartens in Three Countries: Japan, France, and the United States" project. Beginning with a discussion of how this "deaf lens" shaped the design of the study, research questions, and methodology, the…
Descriptors: Deafness, Cross Cultural Studies, Video Technology, Cues
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Fujiwara, Aya; Sonoyama, Shigeki – Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 2019
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience difficulties with social play. They have some limitations in learning play skills and playing with peers. This study examines the effects of intervention, in an inclusive classroom, based on ecological assessment and conditions of social play selection on the engagement in social play of a…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Inclusion, Early Childhood Education