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Ey, Lesley-Anne; Walker, Sue; Spears, Barbara – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
Research into young children's understanding of bullying in the early years of schooling is limited. The current study examined young children's understanding, explanations and reasoning behind whether behaviours represented in cartoon scenarios depicted bullying or non-bullying incidents. Seventy-seven children aged 4-8 years from one…
Descriptors: Young Children, Childrens Attitudes, Bullying, Moral Development
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Jakobovich, Ronit; Shoval, Ella; Berry, Elliot M.; Shulruf, Boaz – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
This study aims to examine the effects of an intervention model, "Change Nutrition by Doing," in which children act as agents of change -- by 'doing' -- in taking responsibility for the contents of the lunch box they bring from home to consume at an early childhood centre. This quasi-randomised case-control trial consisted of 35 Israeli…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Intervention, Change Agents, Kindergarten
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Kim, So Jung; Wee, Su-Jeong; Park, Soyeon – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
Although previous studies have underlined the importance of social interactions, multicultural education, prediction/imagination, and bilingual/bi-literacy learning, the intersection of all these four areas is yet to be explored. This qualitative case study explored how young bilingual readers create meanings and develop literary responses through…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Multicultural Education, Books, Childrens Literature
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Ikegami, Kiiko; Agbenyega, Joseph Seyram – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
The quality of early childhood education has dominated current debates in the ways educators develop and implement learning programs for children yet conceptions of quality vary contextually and culturally. This qualitative case study explored the insider perspectives of six early childhood educators in Sapporo, Japan regarding their conceptions…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Psychological Patterns
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Lam, Mei Seung – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
The transition from home to early childhood education can be stressful for both children and parents. How parents cope with this potentially stressful event affects both the children's adaptation and the parents' lives during the preschooler stage of the family lifecycle. This paper examines how parents respond to their children's adjustment…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parents, Coping, Early Childhood Education
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Carter, Margaret Anne; Frewen, Amie; Chunn, Jennifer – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
This study reports the importance 244 parents of six-year-old children living in Singapore placed on cognitive (problem-solving and creativity) and non-cognitive (practical school skills and conforming) behaviours. Our research team hypothesised that, as the age of the parent increased, the importance placed on each covariant skill (problem…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parents, Parent Attitudes, Young Children
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Garvis, Susanne – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
The arts are an important area of development for young children in their early years. By engaging with arts activities, young children are able to use their senses to explore the world. This paper reports on current arts practice in two kindergartens and two preparatory classrooms in Queensland, Australia. All sites are located in neighbouring…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Teacher Education Programs, Foreign Countries, Art Activities
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Leung, Chi-hung – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
A key educational reform proposal made in 2000 is to build a new culture for quality early childhood education through upgrading professional competence. Teachers are an important element of high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood programs. The Teacher Beliefs and Practices Survey (TBS) based on 2009 NAEYC Developmentally…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Factor Analysis, Educational Change
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Luo, Renfu; Zhang, Linxiu; Liu, Chengfang; Zhao, Qiran; Shi, Yaojiang; Rozelle, Scott; Sharbono, Brian – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
The main goal of this paper is to analyse factors (accessibility, attendance rates and quality of preschools) that may be affecting the educational readiness of China's rural children before they enter the formal school system. Using data from a survey of 82 preschools and 492 households in six counties in three provinces of China, this paper…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Counties
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Hedges, Helen – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Children's interest in popular culture was clear in my study of interests-based curriculum. Yet, perhaps unsurprisingly, it was a contentious site of curriculum co-construction. This article explores this tension. It argues that interpreting popular culture as "funds of knowledge" might assist teachers to consider a different view of this interest…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Knowledge Level, Curriculum Development, Student Interests
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Barblett, Lennie; Barratt-Pugh, Caroline; Kilgallon, Pam; Maloney, Carmel – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Transition practices that ensure continuity between early childhood settings have been shown to be important in assisting children's short-term and long-term growth and development (Vogler, Cravello & Woodhead, 2008). In Western Australia many young children move from and between long day care (LDC) settings to kindergarten. In that state,…
Descriptors: Young Children, Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Principals
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van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja; van den Boogaard, Sylvia; Doig, Brian – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
In this article we describe our experiences using picture books to provide young children (five- to six-year-olds) with a learning environment where they can explore and extend preliminary notions of mathematics-related concepts, without being taught these concepts explicitly. We gained these experiences in the PICO-ma project, which aimed to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Picture Books, Young Children, Mathematical Concepts
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MacDonald, Amy – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
All too frequently the process of starting school is viewed through the eyes of teachers and parents alone. What is often overlooked is that the children, who live this experience, and their interpretation of events, may be vastly different from that of their parents and teachers. The use of drawings in conjunction with oral retellings is an…
Descriptors: Childrens Art, Foreign Countries, Freehand Drawing, Student Attitudes
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Overton, Jenny – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
This article reports on findings from a qualitative research project (Overton, 2006) that highlighted a lack of empowerment experienced by, with and for eight early childhood teachers working in Tasmanian schools. The study investigated how change affects teachers, and focused on the theme of power as experienced by these teachers. The study noted…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Kindergarten, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Teachers
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Imtoual, Alia; Kameniar, Barbara; Bradley, Debra – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
Developing successful schooling sites in multiracial regional town contexts can often be quite challenging. This paper examines the work done in one such pre-schooling context in a medium-sized regional town where racial and ethnic tensions are high and where many families struggle with social/emotional/economic challenges. This pre-school setting…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Diversity, Ethnic Diversity, Preschool Children