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Garvis, Susanne – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2012
Music in early years classrooms is an important learning area for young children. Young children need access to hear different genres of music, learn a variety of repertoire, engage in composing and play musical instruments. With the changing reform agenda in early childhood education however, little is known about the way music is positioned in…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Music, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Hilton, Annette; Hilton, Geoff – Teaching Science, 2016
In many scientific contexts, students need to be able to use mathematical knowledge in order to engage in scientific reasoning and problem-solving, and their understanding of scientific concepts relies heavily on their ability to understand and use mathematics in often new or unfamiliar contexts. Not only do science students need high levels of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts, Problem Solving
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Baker, Fiona S. – Childhood Education, 2017
Play and learning in the outdoors have been long-standing features of early years care and education. Unfortunately, children around the world no longer have sufficient opportunities for outdoor play for a variety of reasons. In the United Arab Emirates, climatic constraints limit outdoor play for 6 months of the year. One group of preservice…
Descriptors: Recreational Activities, Play, Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers
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Wu, Shu-Chen – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2015
This study investigated Hong Kong and German children's perceptions of play and learning and their relationships. Forty-eight children (24 German and 24 Chinese) playing and learning in the classroom were observed and videotaped for five consecutive days. They were interviewed 3 times about their kindergarten experiences by using free- and…
Descriptors: Play, Student Attitudes, Kindergarten, Asians
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West-Burns, Nicole; Murray, Karen – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
In classroom spaces on a daily basis, students are encouraged to express who they are as learners and demonstrate their own understanding of their learning. Students' ability to contribute to their own learning is an essential characteristic of an engaging classroom space and supports high academic achievement. The authors' work highlights one…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Power Structure, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Wu, Shu-Chen; Faas, Stefan; Geiger, Steffen – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2018
This qualitative study investigated Chinese and German teachers' and parents' conceptions and understanding of learning at play. A total of 28 teachers and 12 parents took part in this study. Among the participants, 12 kindergarten teachers (6 German and 6 Chinese) were interviewed to obtain their perspectives on learning at play. These…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Play, Focus Groups
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MacDonald, Kate; Breunig, Mary – Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, 2018
Grounded in the new sociology of childhood and thus valuing the perspectives of young children, this study examined how outdoor, inquiry-based schoolyard pedagogy is experienced by kindergarten students. The study explored two primary research questions: (1) what do students report about their experiences in an outdoor, inquiry-based classroom…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Young Children, Outdoor Education
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Chou, Pao-Nan; Chang, Chi-Cheng; Chen, Mei-Yin – Educational Technology & Society, 2017
Compared to other academic disciplines, interactive white board (IWB) research in early childhood education is still in its infancy. To add more knowledge base regarding the instructional effectiveness of IWB for young children, this study aimed to investigate educational phenomenon of using an IWB to teach visual art to kindergarten students. The…
Descriptors: Bulletin Boards, Visual Aids, Educational Technology, Interactive Video
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Pyle, Angela; Alaca, Betül – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
Practitioners in play-based learning contexts face the challenge of developing developmentally appropriate practices while meeting rigorous academic curriculum standards. To date, play and academic learning have been predominantly conceptualized from an adult perspective. Considering that children are key agents in classroom play contexts, it is…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Childhood Attitudes, Play
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Kirk, Gill; Jay, Jenny – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2018
This study examined how teachers support kindergarten children's social and emotional development in everyday contexts. It used an ethnographic qualitative mode of enquiry, employing participant observations and semi-structured and structured interviews to examine the ways teachers optimize opportunities for supporting kindergarten children's…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Hoang, Nhi; Holopainen, Leena; Siekkinen, Martti – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This study investigated the quality of teacher--child interaction and its effects on children's classroom engagement and disaffection in Vietnamese kindergartens. The quality of teacher-child interaction was measured using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System. Children's classroom engagement and disaffection were assessed by Engagement versus…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Student Relationship, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers
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van der Graaf, Joep; Segers, Eliane; Verhoeven, Ludo – European Journal of STEM Education, 2018
In the present study we investigated experimentation abilities of children with learning problems in early childhood education, i.e. kindergarten (4-6 years old). An essential part of science education is learning via the scientific method, of which experimentation is the central component. We studied experimentation abilities in 28 kindergartners…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Science Education, Scientific Methodology, Learning Problems
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Damhuis, Carmen M. P.; Segers, Eliane; Scheltinga, Femke; Verhoeven, Ludo – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2016
We examined the effects of adaptive word retrieval intervention on a classroom vocabulary program on children's vocabulary acquisition in kindergarten. In the experimental condition, word retrieval was provided in a classroom vocabulary program, combining implicit and explicit vocabulary instructions. Children performed extra word retrieval…
Descriptors: Intervention, Vocabulary Development, Feedback (Response), Control Groups
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Gellert, Anna S.; Elbro, Carsten – Scientific Studies of Reading, 2017
The present study examined the construct and predictive validity of a dynamic test of decoding. In theory, a dynamic test provides a direct measure of potential for learning. In this study, children were taught 3 novel letters and how to blend the sounds of those into new words, then they were tested on different words comprising the 3 letters.…
Descriptors: Decoding (Reading), Kindergarten, Reading Difficulties, Grade 1
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Aydogan, Canan; Farran, Dale C.; Sagsöz, Gülseren – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2015
The primary aim of the present study was to examine the way in which instructional and emotional aspects of teacher support combined to predict children's engagement in learning-related activities in kindergarten classrooms that served a socio-economically diverse population of children. Observations were conducted on teachers and children in 45…
Descriptors: Correlation, Classroom Environment, Learner Engagement, Learning Activities
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