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Nilsen, Tone Rove – International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 2021
This qualitative study investigated teachers' beliefs about the availability of play materials in the physical indoor environment of early childhood education and care (ECEC). The empirical data were gathered from fieldwork in eight child groups in ECEC institutions across Norway and comprised 13 semistructured interviews with teachers. The…
Descriptors: Play, Teacher Attitudes, Early Childhood Teachers, Child Care
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Obee, Patricia; Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Gerlach, Alison; Harper, Nevin J. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Risky play is defined as thrilling and challenging forms of play that have the potential for physical injury and has been linked to developmental and health benefits for children in the early years. Currently, in Western contexts, children's opportunities for risky play is decreasing. Social factors such as practitioner and parental attitudes and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Risk, Young Children
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Hampton, Lauren H.; Kaiser, Ann P.; Nietfeld, Jennifer P.; Khachoyan, Ani – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2021
JASP-EMT, the combined Enhanced Milieu Teaching (EMT) and Joint Attention, Structured Play, and Emotion Regulation (JASPER) interventions, has been found to be effective for promoting social communication in young children with autism (Kasari et al. in J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 53(6):635-646, 2014). The current study examined the effects…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Intervention, Interpersonal Competence
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Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Kleppe, Rasmus; Sando, Ole Johan – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Research on children's risky play and young children's risk taking is a relatively new research area that has drawn the attention of many researchers in the last decades. Nevertheless, to our knowledge, no earlier studies have measured the prevalence of risky play when children can freely choose what to play, with whom, and where. Most research on…
Descriptors: Incidence, Risk, Play, Child Behavior
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Williams, Natalie A.; Ben Brik, Anis; Petkus, Justin M.; Clark, Holly – Early Child Development and Care, 2021
Stressors associated with illness and hospitalization can have long-term adverse effects on young children's development and wellbeing. Professionals who work with young children appreciate the power of children's play for their development as human beings; nonetheless, play is sometimes viewed as inappropriate or unnecessary for children in…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Hospitalized Children, Young Children, Child Development
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Waddington, Hannah; van der Meer, Larah; Sigafoos, Jeff – International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 2021
Parents are the logical intervention agents for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The early start Denver model (ESDM) is a promising early intervention approach for children with ASD that can be implemented by parents. This study evaluated the effects of training parents in the use of the ESDM. We used a non-concurrent multiple…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Young Children, Parent Role
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Daniels, Karen – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2021
This paper reports on an analysis of patterns of children's bodily movements in an Early Years classroom. I illustrate two prevalent patterns identified during close observations of children's walking movements as they as they followed their interests while accessing continuous provision in an Early Years setting in England. I termed the patterned…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Human Body, Motion, Play
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Oppong Frimpong, Samuel – African Educational Research Journal, 2021
Early years experiences in quality thinking and socialization are critical to the optimal development of children, and Quality Early Childhood Education (QECE), is crucial in achieving these quality developments. However, several literatures suggest that there is a general lack of Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Manipulative Materials, Visual Aids, Books
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Milam, Molly E.; Hemmeter, Mary Louise; Barton, Erin E. – Journal of Early Intervention, 2021
Using a multiple probe design across peer buddy-target child dyads, we evaluated the effects of an intervention package (i.e., brief training, system of least prompts, visual supports) on peer buddies' use of stay-play-talk (SPT) with their classmates who were socially isolated (target children). All six peer buddies increased their use of SPT…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Preschool Children, Intervention, Play
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Inan, Hatice Zeynep – International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 2021
The Reggio Emilia pedagogy is compatible with literacy education goals. However, just a few detailed accounts have been published about how literacy instruction is integrated into the Reggio Emilia-inspired preschools. The study adopted qualitative research design and aimed to fill this gap by conducting a metaethnographic study by examining and…
Descriptors: Reggio Emilia Approach, Teaching Methods, Preschool Education, Literacy Education
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Shim, Sook Young; Lim, Sun Ah – Early Child Development and Care, 2021
This study aimed to examine the effect of attachment security in 17-month-olds on their peer play interactions and behavioural problems at ages 4 and 6 years, respectively, in Korea. By employing structural equation modelling, we analyzed the data of 183 children and their mothers, which were extracted from the Panel Study on Korean Children…
Descriptors: Infants, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Attachment Behavior
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2021
The need to support children develop the capacities required for the twenty-first century is inseparably linked to the provision of twenty-first-century learning environments. Exploring ECEC teachers' (N = 34) assessment of their classroom's physical environment, the present study aimed at exploring whether the physical environment of Cypriot…
Descriptors: 21st Century Skills, Physical Environment, Educational Environment, Preschools
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Shorer, Maayan; Swissa, Ori; Levavi, Pedut; Swissa, Anael – Early Child Development and Care, 2021
Parental playfulness describes a parent's ability to act in a spontaneous, amusing, flexible and creative manner in different parent-child situations. This study examined the hypothesis that parental playfulness promotes children's emotional skills and thus should be related to improved emotion regulation and lower anxiety. A sample of 137 parents…
Descriptors: Play, Parent Background, Emotional Response, Parent Influence
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Asik-Ozturk, Manolya; Ahmetoglu, Emine; Acar, Ibrahim H. – Early Child Development and Care, 2021
The purpose of this study was to investigate the contributions of children's social competence, aggression, and anxiety to their play behaviours with peers. A total of 149 preschoolers aged 36-73 months (M = 54.6 months, SD = 0.99; 50.3% girls) and their 46 teachers in Turkey recruited for the current study. Teachers reported on children's social…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Interpersonal Competence, Aggression, Anxiety
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Wang, X. Christine; Dai, Wei; Hu, Biying; Song, Zhanmei – Early Child Development and Care, 2021
Aiming to inform teaching practices and understand cultural differences, we examined praise practices of high- and low-quality preschool teachers in China. As part of a broader project, we purposefully selected three high-quality and three low-quality teachers based upon their Pre-K CLASS ratings and self-reports, and conducted qualitative…
Descriptors: Positive Reinforcement, Teacher Effectiveness, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children
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