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Ransom, Marilee – Childhood Education, 2012
Many parents--whether employed outside the home or not--either want or need preschool for their young children. Research indicates that quality early educational experiences bestow numerous benefits on children, including developing a love of school, healthy socialization, meaningful learning, and preparation for kindergarten. Equipped with this…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Experience, School Choice, Preschool Education
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Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2007
During the past six months the author was fortunate to travel to Hungary three times. Although all three trips had different purposes, they had one thing in common: professional conversations between colleagues from Hungary and the United States. In this article, the author would like to provide a short overview of these visits, which resulted in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness, Intercultural Programs, Learning Experience
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Webster, Loraine – Childhood Education, 1988
A study on the improvement of language ability among preschool children in Vermillion, South Dakota, showed a lack of family support and other family problems, such as child abuse and neglect, in the homes of the experimental group children. Educators must redouble efforts to educate parents and the society in general about children's needs. (BB)
Descriptors: Child Language, Childhood Needs, Family Environment, Family Influence
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Bakst, Kathy; Essa, Eva L. – Childhood Education, 1990
Discusses activities of emergent preschool writers and editors involved in the Writing Table Project at the Child and Family Center of the University of Nevada at Reno. (BB)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Developmental Stages, Editing, Emergent Literacy
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Lubeck, Sally – Childhood Education, 1998
Maintains that research fails to capture the diversity in teaching. Advocates caution in assuming one correct child rearing or educational practice. Discusses whether categories such as developmentally appropriate practice or developmental stages are facts of nature, interpretations, or perspectives on social processes; and whether developmentally…
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Guidelines
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Lindsey, Gail – Childhood Education, 1999
Discusses findings providing evidence for the significance of early childhood for brain development, highlighting pivotal discoveries that should guide care and education of the young. Includes information on stages of brain wiring, critical periods, and the role of environment in brain development. Makes recommendations for broad policy changes…
Descriptors: Brain, Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Development, Child Rearing
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Couchenour, Donna; Dimino, Beth – Childhood Education, 1999
Discusses the role of power in effective teaching. Describes how power is used on, for, and with children. Explores how the use of teacher power can support family involvement, contribute to professional development, communicate the importance high expectations for all students, contribute to the profession of teaching, and convey excellence to…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Power Structure, Preschool Education
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Stafford, Sarah H.; Green, Virginia P. – Childhood Education, 1996
Claims that long-term benefits of quality preschool programs include increased IQ scores; decreased time spent in special education classes; reduced education costs, crime and delinquency, and teen pregnancies; and improved socialization. Discusses definitions of integration, inclusion, mainstreaming, and LRE (least restrictive environment) and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Mainstreaming
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Benelli, Cecelia; Yongue, Bill – Childhood Education, 1995
Addresses importance of planned motor skill development, providing specific guidelines for adults working with three-, four-, and five-year olds. Describes the influence of motor development on cognitive, language, emotional, and social development. Suggests using verbal feedback, visual assistance, and demonstration for teaching motor skills.…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Development, Developmental Stages, Motor Development
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Collins, Edna Neal; McGaha, Cindy G. – Childhood Education, 2002
Discusses techniques for managing toddler circles. Notes that flexible transitions reduce frustration, suggests the importance of flexible and reasonable expectations, and considers the value of instruction grounded in child experience. Recommends materials that can be safely manipulated by toddlers and emphasizes that activity transitions must be…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy
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Mayo, Marcia – Childhood Education, 2000
Recounts the thoughts and experiences of one university professor returning to teach a class of 3-year-olds. Notes the differences between middle-aged and younger teachers, the importance of college-level educators revisiting "real" classrooms to connect theory with practice, the difficulty of balancing college and preschool teaching,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Personal Narratives, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers
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Seefeldt, Carol – Childhood Education, 1989
Presents various perspectives on public school children's recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and ways to turn this ritual into a meaningful act for those who wish to participate. (BB)
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Patriotism
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Searcy, Bill – Childhood Education, 1988
Calls for reforms in instructional practices and curricula control in literacy programs that disenfranchise five- and six-year-olds who have already served for months or years as active members of the literacy club. Illustrated by one child's early literacy and kindergarten experiences. (BB)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Case Studies, Early Reading, Educational Practices
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Gelb, Steven A. – Childhood Education, 1987
Examines rarely considered aspects of the planning and implementing of Christmas programming for preschool and elementary school students. Focuses on unintended negative consequences of the Christmas curriculum on children. Argues that current practices are detrimental to both Christian and non-Christian children. (BB)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Hidden Curriculum, Negative Practice
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Gargiulo, Richard M.; Graves, Stephen B. – Childhood Education, 1991
To improve the relationship between educators and parents of handicapped children, educators should try to understand the feelings and attitudes of the parents of a child with a disability. Listed are seven suggestions for teachers to help them work effectively with parents and encourage parent participation in the education of handicapped…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Emotional Response, Empathy, Parent Attitudes
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