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Winter, Suzanne M.; Kelley, Michael F. – Childhood Education, 2008
The issue of children's school readiness concerns parents and teachers worldwide. Kindergarten teachers have reported that approximately one-third of U.S. children entering school are ill-prepared to achieve success. Experts also warn that many children are entering school lacking the fundamental skills to achieve academic success. It is…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Educational Research, Early Childhood Education, Models
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Liu, Karen; Kuo, Li Tsung Wen – Childhood Education, 2007
Many Americans believe that diversity issues are limited to the United States. The truth is, however, that many cultures struggle to recognize and foster cultural diversity. In this article, the authors have two aims: (1) to recognize various ethnic groups in Taiwan, in particular aboriginal groups; and (2) to inform educators about what they can…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education, Canada Natives
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Williams-Boyd, Pat – Childhood Education, 2005
In this article, the author describes the four characteristics of effective middle schools: (1) Academic excellence; (2) Developmental responsiveness; (3) Social equity; and (4) Organizational Structure. An effective middle school should be a place of learning guided by people who have chosen to work with young adolescents, help them develop…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Early Adolescents, Educational Quality, Middle School Teachers
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Barbour, Ann; Boyer, Wanda; Hardin, Belinda; Wortham, Sue – Childhood Education, 2004
Antarctica gathered in Ruschlikon, Switzerland, at the International Symposium on Early Childhood Education and Care for the 21st Century. The symposium's mission was to craft guidelines for programs that serve children under the age of formal schooling in countries throughout the world. After extensive discussions about what constitutes universal…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Educational Quality, Quality Control, Foreign Countries
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McKnight-Taylor, Mary – Childhood Education, 1997
Discusses the need for reform at the middle school educational level. Suggests that middle schools should create an environment that reflects and responds to young adolescents' needs and developmental level. Effective middle school teachers must adopt new modes of teaching as they face the challenges and opportunities presented by changing…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Early Adolescents, Educational Change, Educational Environment
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Manning, M. Lee – Childhood Education, 1997
Presents an interview with Dr. John H. Lounsbury, Dean Emeritus at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, and publications editor for the National Middle School Association. Issues discussed include changes in young adolescents' education; the influence of societal changes, educational reform, and technological development in the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Early Adolescents, Educational Change, Educational Environment
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Hawkins, Mary Louise; Graham, M. Dolores – Childhood Education, 1997
Discusses four principles that can help middle school environments overcome common behavior problems and become places where young adolescents develop responsibility for their learning: (1) foster natural human development; (2) respond to individual needs; (3) avoid artificially imposed classroom order and promote self organization; and (4) value…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescent Development, Early Adolescents, Educational Change
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Osuch, John – Childhood Education, 1997
Discusses the needs for restructuring the curriculum, instruction and environment of middle schools to better meet the needs of learners and teachers. Suggests that most reform today is moving toward a developmentally appropriate, child-centered approach. Issues under consideration include a definition of developmentally appropriate programs at…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescent Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Adolescents
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Cesarone, Bernard – Childhood Education, 1997
Highlights selected recent ERIC documents that discuss aspects of program and school effectiveness in middle level education. Provides citations on eight books and five journal articles with abstracts and ordering information. (AA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Early Adolescents, Educational Environment, Educational Quality
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Juan, Stephen – Childhood Education, 1985
Describes the daily program of a highly successful Japanese preschool based on the Suzuki educational philosophy which emphasizes repetition and structure in teaching. Explores possibility of using program in other educational settings, particularly in the West, because of high cognitive gains by children. (DST)
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Cultural Differences, Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy