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Jack, Fiona; MacDonald, Shelley; Reese, Elaine; Hayne, Harlene – Child Development, 2009
Individual differences in parental reminiscing style are hypothesized to have long-lasting effects on children's autobiographical memory development, including the age of their earliest memories. This study represents the first prospective test of this hypothesis. Conversations about past events between 17 mother-child dyads were recorded on…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Mothers, Young Children, Adolescents
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Phillips, Gwenneth; McNaughton, Stuart; MacDonald, Shelley – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2004
Despite New Zealand's reputation in literacy instruction, a major achievement gap has been identified for minority Maori and Pacific Islands children in poor schools. An intervention through professional development of teachers modified instructional practices in beginning literacy instruction. The intervention involved 72 teachers from 12 schools…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Minority Group Children, Emergent Literacy
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Tagoilelagi-LeotaGlynn, Fa'asaulala; McNaughton, Stuart; MacDonald, Shelley; Farry, Sasha – International Journal of Bilingual Education & Bilingualism, 2005
This paper examines the bilingual and biliteracy development of a group of children from Samoan and Tongan families over the transition to mainstream English-medium schools in New Zealand. The children attended Pasifika Early Childhood Education Centres in Auckland, New Zealand, which provided full immersion programmes in their L1 (either Samoan…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Malayo Polynesian Languages
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MacDonald, Shelley; Hayne, Harlene – Cognitive Development, 1996
Examined effects of parent-child conversations on memory performance of preschoolers. Found significant relation between the amount of information about an independently experienced event discussed with parents and the amount discussed with the experimenter, but not a stable core of information. Results have implications for views of childhood…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Memory, Preschool Children, Recall (Psychology)