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Cherrington, Sue; Thornton, Kate – Professional Development in Education, 2015
Professional learning communities are receiving increasing attention within the schooling sector but empirical research into their development and use within early childhood education contexts is rare. This paper reports initial findings of an exploratory study into the development of professional learning communities in New Zealand's early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development
Gray, Julie A.; Summers, Robert – International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 2015
We explored the role of enabling school structures, trust in the principal, collegial trust, and collective efficacy in 15 pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade international, private schools in South and Central America. While the majority of these schools shared an "American" curriculum that was taught predominantly in English, we found that…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, International Schools, Faculty Development, Trust (Psychology)
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Boyle, Tess; Petriwskyj, Anne – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
Systemic splits between pre-compulsory and compulsory early years education impact on transitions to school through discontinuities in children's experience. This paper presents data from a critical participatory action research project about transitions between pre-compulsory and compulsory early education schooling in Australia. The project aim…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Transitional Programs, Compulsory Education
Lachowicz, Shana – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Head Start (HS) is a nationally known program for young children and continues to serve the most vulnerable children and families. HS teachers are required to have a minimum degree status and a certain number of Professional Development (PD) hours. However, teachers continue to struggle with preparedness and effectiveness. The problem is that HS…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Ho, Dora; Lee, Moosung – School Leadership & Management, 2016
This article offers a theoretical discussion on the current problems and future challenges of school capacity building in early childhood education (ECE), aiming to highlight some key areas for future research. In recent years, there has been a notable policy shift from monitoring quality through inspection to improving quality through school…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Educational Quality
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French-Lee, Stacey; Dooley, Caitlin McMunn – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2015
The purpose of this study is to learn how early childhood educators make ethical decisions. The study also explores how these educators might learn to base their ethical decisions on a professionally accepted ethical code through a participatory professional development process. The professional code of ethics used in this study is the National…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Ethics
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Nolan, Andrea; Morrissey, Anne-Marie; Dumenden, Iris – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2013
This paper presents preliminary data from a mentoring program, initiated in response to widespread Government reform policy that targeted early childhood teachers who were new or professionally isolated. It was implemented over a period of two years (2011-2012) in the state of Victoria, Australia. The paper focuses on the voices of these future…
Descriptors: Mentors, Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
Riley-Ayers, Shannon; Costanza, Vincent J. – Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, 2014
Local education agencies (LEAs) are working to manage and maintain commitment and enthusiasm to numerous initiatives mandated by the state to improve student success. The rapid pace of scaling up many initiatives at once often leads to relying on local administrators and educators to interpret and unpack the complexity of implementing these…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
Patrick, Susan McClendon – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis of dissertation research that examined the implementation of professional learning communities (PLCs) and student achievement in preK-12 schools. An exhaustive search for such unpublished studies was conducted using the following criteria: 1) the studies were available on dissertation…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Doctoral Dissertations, Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement
Fairfield, Robin – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Early childhood education teachers have been challenged with the demands for accountability in literacy and English language development, as well as kindergarten readiness skills of preschool children. Researchers have studied professional learning communities (PLCs) as a framework for professional development and student achievement. However, few…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers
Manship, Karen; Farber, Jonathan; Smith, Claire; Drummond, Katie – Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, US Department of Education, 2016
Participation in high-quality preschool can improve academic, behavioral, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes for students of varying backgrounds, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g., Andrews, Jargowsky, and Kuhne 2012; Barnett 2008; Camilli et al. 2010; Karoly and Bigelow 2005; Reynolds et al. 2007). However, some studies…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Primary Education, Alignment (Education), Individualized Instruction
Jimerson, Shane R., Ed.; Burns, Matthew K., Ed.; VanDerHeyden, Amanda M., Ed. – Springer, 2016
The second edition of this essential handbook provides a comprehensive, updated overview of the science that informs best practices for the implementation of response to intervention (RTI) processes within Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to facilitate the academic success of all students. The volume includes insights from leading scholars…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Student Evaluation, Reading Skills, Writing Skills
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Maloney, Carmel; Konza, Deslea – Issues in Educational Research, 2011
This paper describes a school's participation in a project designed to support critical reflection of teachers' beliefs about best practice in early childhood education, and how these beliefs and practices intersected with shifting policies and trends in the broader early childhood field. The "Professional Learning" Project (PL project),…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Cooperation, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs