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Caroline Sanders; Theresa J. Frank; Tess Amyot; Katie Cornish; Erica Koopmans; Megan Usipuik; Lauren Irving; Chelsea A. Pelletier – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2024
The COVID-19 pandemic brought about changes to the lives of families with young children. It has been associated with physical and psychological risk, yet the impact on younger children is poorly examined. The aim of this qualitative study was to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the day-to-day life of parents of young children living in…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Foreign Countries, Young Children
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Alexandra Nordström – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2024
In this conceptual paper, the affective intensity of joy is approached as becoming. Following a relational ontology, joy is attended to both as performed in relation to others (human and more-than-human) and as a performative agent. This paper is based on an empirical exploration of the remarkableness of young children's everyday lives in a…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Early Childhood Education, Performance, Young Children
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María-José Lagos-Serrano – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2024
Present-day early childhood educators face the challenge of producing their professional identities in highly neo-liberal contexts, negotiating contested discourses on professionalism, education quality and the overall purpose of early childhood education. While it has been suggested by critical scholarship that the early childhood workforce…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Professional Identity, Preschool Teachers
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Linnea Bodén – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2024
The performance of standardized tests is an ongoing matter of concern for childhood researchers. Standardized tests are often described as neglecting the ethical complexities of doing research with young children. However, this critique is primarily presented in general terms, and does not attend to the locality and specificity of particular test…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Standardized Tests, Preschool Children, Interpersonal Relationship
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Deb Brosseuk – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2024
Australian educators teaching in the early years of formal schooling find themselves grappling with the dilemmas of preparing learners to sit performance-based assessments in later years and their sense of pedagogic responsibility towards designing competency-based assessment. Studies have explored this tension in the primary and middle years…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Performance Based Assessment, Competency Based Education
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Tingting Xu; Lexa Jack – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2024
This study examined the impact of an intensive professional development series on early childhood educators' content knowledge of engineering and their self-efficacy towards teaching engineering. Seventeen early childhood teachers participated and responded to questionnaires, surveys, and focus-group interviews before and after the professional…
Descriptors: Engineering, Knowledge Level, Self Efficacy, Early Childhood Teachers
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Natalia Kucirkova – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2024
Sensory reading refers to reading that engages all six of the human senses - vison, hearing, touch, gustation, olfaction and proprioception. The author proposes that increased attention be paid to the three 'hidden' senses of gustation, olfaction and proprioception to advance innovative reading studies. She articulates the problematic of visually…
Descriptors: Electronic Books, Electronic Learning, Sensory Integration, Olfactory Perception
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Karen Nociti – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2024
This article proposes the diffractive practice of blogging-with Place as an alternative to a reflective journal. Reflective practice is a priority for teachers, with reflective journaling often employed as a method for documenting a teacher's experiences and knowledge about sites that are intended for place-based teaching and learning. However,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Place Based Education, Reflective Teaching, Early Childhood Education
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Jennifer J. Chen; Jasmine C. Lin – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2024
Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) over the last few decades are transforming the world, pervading nearly all sectors of society, including education, and many aspects of life. In the education discourse, interest in artificial intelligence has sparked various reactions and controversies--everything from appreciation for AI's capabilities to…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Technological Advancement, Technology Uses in Education, Early Childhood Education
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Chan, Angel; Ritchie, Jenny – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2023
This article reports findings from a study that used a process of document analysis to examine early childhood care and education responses to increasing superdiversity in the 'bicultural' legislative context of Aotearoa New Zealand. The New Zealand Education Review Office has described both Indigenous Maori children and 'children of migrants and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Diversity, Pacific Islanders
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Yuniasih, Ririn; Bone, Jane; Quiñones, Gloria – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2023
Traditional games are commonly understood for their long establishment, passed down over generations and characterised by the simplicity of their materials. The aim of this article is to explore traditional games where materials are at the centre, focusing on games with stones. Through a new-materialist perspective, using Barad's concept of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Traditionalism, Games, Interaction
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Chen, Jennifer J.; Krieger, Nora Jane – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2023
"Learning loss" has become the new buzzword in education during the COVID-19 era. Learning loss may be real in certain academic subjects (e.g. mathematics and reading) for certain students, as indicated by standardized test scores. However, it only tells a partial story. The other part of the story actually indicates different kinds of…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, COVID-19, Pandemics, Academic Achievement
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Merewether, Jane – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2023
Jean Piaget, whose work continues to be very influential in early childhood education, associated young children's animism with their 'primitive thought' claiming children remain animists until they reach a more advanced and rational stage of development. This article proposes a rethinking of the Piagetian view of animism, suggesting instead that…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Caring, Piagetian Theory, Childrens Attitudes
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Timmons, Kristy; Airton, Lee – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2023
This research takes up the challenge of interpreting the two newest grounds of human rights protection across Canada -- gender identity and gender expression -- for professional practice in early childhood education. To date, no human rights tribunal ruling on these grounds has engaged early childhood education, and while the legal duty remains…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Civil Rights, Sexual Identity
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Sjögren, Hanna – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2023
This literature review describes and analyses 19 peer-reviewed scholarly articles published between 2015 and 2020 that focus on the notion of the Anthropocene in early childhood education. The review is guided by two pairs of analytical concepts stemming from environmental history and the sociology of childhood. The results of the analyses are…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Environmental Education, Role of Education, Educational Research
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