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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
Ohm, Modgun; Hjelle, Kristine – Online Submission, 2019
This paper investigates an institutional practice of the educational conversation that is a part of the undergraduate kindergarten teacher education program at a Norwegian university. The formal goal connected to this practice is to facilitate students coping with their courses of study. Thus, this paper reconstructs the perspectives of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Undergraduate Study, Kindergarten
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Brown, Christopher P.; Englehardt, Joanna; Barry, David P.; Ku, Da Hei – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
Kindergarten in the United States has fundamentally changed. It is the new first grade where children are taught increased academic content and experience more standardized testing. There is much debate among education stakeholders about these changes, but such discussions are often siloed-- making it difficult to know whether these changes…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Educational Change, Kindergarten, Standardized Tests
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Mantzicopoulos, Panayota; French, Brian F.; Patrick, Helen – Elementary School Journal, 2019
We examined associations between the quality of kindergarten teachers' mathematics instruction and their students' achievement and motivation in mathematics. Using a sample of 20 kindergarten teachers and their 285 students, we rated 5 video-recorded mathematics lessons per teacher throughout the spring semester with the Mathematical Quality of…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Mathematics Instruction, Learning Motivation, Kindergarten
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Guardino, Caroline; Hall, Katrina W.; Largo-Wight, Erin; Hubbuch, Charles – Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, 2019
A six-week study was conducted with two kindergarten teachers and 37 kindergarten students aged five and six to determine their perceptions of teaching and learning in a traditional indoor classroom compared to a newly constructed outdoor classroom. This mix-methods study took place in a charter school located in the southeast region of the United…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Outdoor Education, Students with Disabilities
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Tank, Kristina M.; Rynearson, Anastasia M.; Moore, Tamara J. – European Journal of STEM Education, 2018
Quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences during the early years provide young learners with a critical foundation for future learning and development. Engineering design is a context that can be used to facilitate connections and learning across STEM, however there is limited research examining the use of…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Engineering Education
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Meyer, Lori E.; Ostrosky, Michaelene M. – Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 2018
We conducted an exploratory study to investigate teachers' confidence and agreement with children when teachers and children identified close classroom friendships. Participants comprised six kindergarten teachers and 110 children, including 26 children with disabilities. Data were gathered from a friendship nomination questionnaire completed by…
Descriptors: Self Esteem, Friendship, Teacher Attitudes, Kindergarten
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Martin, Hannah; Farrell, Antomia; Gray, James; Clark, Teresa B. – Physical Educator, 2018
Time spent in the outdoors has been proven to benefit individuals of all ages mentally and physically. For example, exposure to nature reduces stress levels, induces relaxation, and provides Vitamin D. Prior research has linked free play outdoors to helping elementary children focus better in the classroom, reducing symptoms of attention deficit…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Student Attitudes, Recess Breaks