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Grant, Ashley A.; Jeon, Lieny; Buettner, Cynthia K. – Educational Psychology, 2019
High turnover rates of early care and education teachers reduce the quality of education; unsatisfied teachers, suffering from stress or emotional exhaustion, are less equipped to promote children's development and more likely to leave the classroom. We used data from a national survey of US early childhood educators (n = 1129) to examine…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Work Environment, Well Being
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White, Kelley Mayer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
For a majority of teachers, traditional professional development workshops lack relevancy and leave teachers on their own to implement what was learned. Workshops are frequently structured in ways in which teachers are seen simply as recipients of information handed down by trainers (a more passive role) versus those who reflect on and construct…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Books, Clubs, Teacher Student Relationship
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Sisson, Jamie Huff; Iverson, Susan V. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
Educational reforms across the globe have had implications for the work of preschool teachers and thus their professional identities. This article draws on a feminist discourse lens to examine data collected from a recent narrative inquiry focused on understanding the professional identities of five public preschool teachers in the USA. This…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Feminism, Educational Change
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Mann, Michele J.; Pynes, D'Anna – Science and Children, 2016
In this article, Mann and Pynes describe a five-day mini-project-based learning (PBL) unit about organisms and their environments that addresses the "Next Generation Science Standards" (3-LS4-3). Third-grade students were asked how they could determine which animals live in their neighborhoods. In teacher-determined collaborative groups,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Animals
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Moosa, Shaaista; Bhana, Deevia – Educational Review, 2017
In this article we argue that eliminating the divisions of labour between men and women could work towards counteracting gender inequality within professions. Globally women are over-represented in the teaching of young children in the early years of primary school, or Foundation Phase (FP), as it is known in South Africa. We are concerned to go…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Gender Bias, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Primary Education
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Dupriez, Vincent; Delvaux, Bernard; Lothaire, Sandrine – British Educational Research Journal, 2016
This article examines the professional integration of beginning teachers in French-speaking Belgium and the factors predicting an exit from the profession during the first years of their careers. The analysis of four successive cohorts of new teachers indicates that exit rates are very high during the first year but show a gradual decline…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Career Change, Teaching (Occupation)
MacDonald, Greg – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Greg MacDonald leaves no stone unturned as he places the complexity of second-plane observation into one coherent vision that includes the fundamentals of self-construction, the essential field of observation (freedom of work within the prepared environment), the role of the human tendencies, the construction of developmental facets, and the…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Naturalistic Observation, Child Development, Young Children
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Leggett, Nicole; Newman, Linda – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2019
Practitioner research is an approach increasingly used by and with teachers, including in early childhood (EC) education. Studies outlining the benefits of educator engagement in research show learning, empowerment and self-determination in professional direction. There is also a sense of achievement for university researchers when they research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Context, Mentors, Sociocultural Patterns
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Purcell, John – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2012
In this article, the author describes how his first-grade students made their own compositions based on James Rosenquist's collage series in which long shards of faces were painted over a background that appeared to be abstract. The background was made up of enlarged details of things such as flowers, leaves, fire, and water. The students'…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Elementary School Students, Grade 1
Copeland, Margaret Leitch; Gimilaro, Susan; Sullivan, Nancy – Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, 2011
When directors sit down to advertise for new staff, it is often not a happy moment. Directors quite naturally write ads from their perspectives as employers and sometimes emphasize that attribute which the leave-taking staff member lacked, e.g. "must be reliable," leading an applicant to believe that reliability is a big issue at this program. The…
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, Guidelines, Teacher Recruitment, Job Analysis
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Jeon, Lieny; Buettner, Cynthia K.; Hur, Eunhye – Early Education and Development, 2016
Research Findings: This exploratory study identified preschool teacher quality profiles in early childhood education settings using 9 indicators across teachers' professional background, observed process quality, and job attitudes toward teaching (e.g., job-related stress, satisfaction, and intention to leave the job). The sample consisted of 96…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Quality
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Epstein, Paul – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2012
Concentration is a "sine qua non," a hallmark, of a Montessori Casa program. Yet, it happens that some children do not concentrate. They do not engage with the materials in the classic pattern of normalization. They are not challenged by ADD, ADHD, or a variant of sensory integration spectrum disorder. Instead of working alone, they prefer the…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Classroom Environment, Attention
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2007
Teachers can spark interest in a science topic by using "science tickets"--special objects offered to children as a way to transition to the science room or into a small group to do a science activity. Objects ranging from ordinary (shells, leaves, or sticks) to unusual (photos, crystals, or plastic worms) appeal to young children's curiosity and…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Visual Learning, Teaching Methods, Visual Stimuli
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Osgood, Jayne – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
The aim of this article is to problematise the dominant construction of "professionalism" as created and promoted by the United Kingdom Government through policy. Like other professionals working in education, early years practitioners are subjected to a disempowering, regulatory gaze in the name of higher standards. The preoccupation…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Self Concept
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Klinkner, Joan M.; Riley, Dave; Roach, Mary A. – Young Children, 2005
A successful early childhood program that is a nurturing place for children must also be a good place for staff to work. Too often it is not, and employees leave. Coping with staff turnover in early childhood programs is a constant struggle, not only for administrators but also for children and their families and the staff who remain behind. Both…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Organizational Climate, Young Children, Faculty Mobility