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Haggerty, Maggie; Loveridge, Judith – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
Recent education policy analysis has revealed the standardisation of education systems and an intensified focus on learners and learning to meet the requirements of the global economy and neo-liberalism. In this paper we analyse the way that early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand has become increasingly entangled with school sector…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning, Early Childhood Education
Zimmermann, Laura; Foster, Lindsey; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – American Educator, 2019
The last 15 years have witnessed a quiet revolution in the understanding of spatial skills, and the authors are finding that these all-important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies are rooted in spatial knowledge. Spatial skills are the tools use to visualize and navigate the world. Spatial skills allows people to…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, STEM Education, Play, Toys
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Koops, Lisa Huisman – General Music Today, 2019
In this column, I consider the important supporting players for an early childhood music educator: classroom teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and caregivers, and children. I argue that it is vital for early childhood music educators to view these individuals as part of their "village" and reach out to make connections…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Music Teachers, Music Education, Parent Teacher Cooperation
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Recchia, Susan L.; Puig, Victoria I. – New Educator, 2019
This reflective narrative explores the voices of two participants in the Early Childhood Professional Mentoring Group (ECPMG), created in response to our graduates' concerns about their lack of support as they entered the field of inclusive early childhood education. Building on their existing relationships with each other, and with us as their…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Inclusion
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Zhang, Xiao; Hu, Bi Ying; Ren, Lixin; Huo, Shuting; Wang, Meifang – New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2019
This chapter addresses how child-, family-, and school-level characteristics are associated with Chinese children's academic skill development during their preschool years. Academic skills are defined in terms of young children's emergent competencies in academic domains including literacy, mathematics, and science. First, we review the relations…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Skill Development, Family Characteristics, Institutional Characteristics
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Gerde, Hope K.; Skibbe, Lori E.; Wright, Tanya S.; Douglas, Sarah N. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Writing is a core school readiness skill, yet preschools typically provide children with limited writing opportunities. To consider how curricular materials guide writing instruction, the five most common Head Start curricula were systematically examined in accordance with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Curricula were coded…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Curriculum Evaluation
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Scherr, Marla; Johnson, Tricia Giovacco – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This article explores how three early childhood teachers working in grant-funded preschools within a public school context construct and negotiate their professional identities. Teachers share narratives that contribute to an understanding of how their beliefs, knowledge, and practice are marginalized by the context in which they work. The…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Professional Identity, Preschool Education, Public Schools
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Birkeland, Åsta – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2019
Regulation of time is an important structuring tool of everyday practices in kindergarten. Despite the fundamental importance, investigation of temporal patterns have been underestimated in early childhood education research. The purpose of this article is to illuminate how ideas of childhood and children's cultural formation are embedded in the…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Educational History, Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries
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Hayes, Nóirín; O'Neill, Sandra – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
The Strengthening Foundations of Learning (SFL) project is an early years CPD intervention and part of the wider Preparing for Life (PFL) Initiative in an area of urban disadvantage in Dublin, Ireland. Working within the context of the "Aistear" curriculum framework, and building on research evidence on the importance of practitioners to…
Descriptors: Intervention, Preschool Education, Foreign Countries, Urban Areas
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Hong, Eunsook; Rowell, Lonnie – Educational Action Research, 2019
We discuss democratizing knowledge production and dissemination in education illustrated in two parts that challenge the current knowledge monopoly. Our discourse includes (a) problematic cultivation of the status quo in the hierarchy of knowledge value in the U.S. as a component of civic illiteracy and (b) the need for more evidence through…
Descriptors: Knowledge Management, Teacher Researchers, Access to Information, Evidence Based Practice
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Whittingham, Colleen E. – Journal of Literacy Research, 2019
The purpose of the present article is to attend to the theoretical and methodological implications of expanding a view of geosemiotic to include a social geography lens. A Geosemiotics<-->social geography approach creates possibilities to more fully attend to the dynamic and dialogic relationship of material, spatial, and social resources as…
Descriptors: Human Geography, Semiotics, History, Literacy
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Frödén, Sara – Ethnography and Education, 2019
This article is based on data generated in an ethnographic study of gender in a Swedish preschool. Drawing on Judith Butler's understanding of performativity and (un)doing of gender, a new theoretical concept, "situated decoding of gender," is further developed by showing how the material and spatial dimension of the educational practice…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, Foreign Countries
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Bryan, Nathaniel – Gender and Education, 2019
Play is a gendered activity among young children, especially boys. Boys often tend to be more actively engaged in the (re)production of gendered play. However, most research studies and conceptual papers have misread, ignored, devalued, or scrutinized the gendered ways Black boys engage in play. This idea is particularly true for Black boys who…
Descriptors: Masculinity, Sex Role, Cultural Influences, Young Children
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Conus, Xavier; Fahrni, Laurent – Educational Review, 2019
The family--school relationship develops largely during face-to-face interactions between parents and teachers. Research shows that reciprocal and informal communication reinforces collaboration, especially between schools and families from minority groups. Yet, teacher practices regularly express a reluctance to implement reciprocal…
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Cooperation, Family School Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Foreign Countries
Donley, Jan – Center on Innovations in Learning, Temple University, 2019
The Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) is a national content center established to work with regional comprehensive centers and state education agencies (SEA) to build SEAs' capacity to stimulate, select, implement, and scale up innovation in learning. This report is a collection of evidence ratings and practice briefs. The categories for…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Capacity Building, Educational Practices, Best Practices
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