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Silin, Jonathan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Hope is at the heart of the educational endeavour. Yet it is a challenge for educators to sustain a sense of hope in a worried world where terrorism, mass migrations, global warming and ultra-right political movements are on the rise. Acknowledging that hopefulness always involves risk, this article identifies three pedagogical practices which…
Descriptors: Risk, Early Childhood Education, Psychological Patterns, Children
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Lee, Joohi; Pant, Mohan D. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article presents the correlation analyses of mathematics item response theory scores from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998 and 2010 data, and proposes the critical need for systematic efforts to improve the quality of pre- and in-service teachers of young children in teaching mathematics.
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Correlation, Item Response Theory, Longitudinal Studies
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Skjaeveland, Yngve – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article discusses the teaching of history in early childhood education and care centres and children's understanding of history. Based on interviews with eight Norwegian early childhood education and care teachers and on interpretative phenomenological analysis, the article shows how the early childhood education and care centres teach…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods
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Kalkman, Kris; Hopperstad, Marit Holm; Valenta, Marko – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article approaches newcomer migrant girls' experiences with social competition and relational aggression. This the authors do through a detailed analysis of the interactional practices that a group of preschool-aged girls make use of as they socially exclude one of two newcomer migrant girls from participating in a sharing activity involving…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Care Centers, Preschool Children, Females
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Liljestrand, Johan; Hammarberg, Annie – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Documentation has become an important issue for policy, practice and accountability in many national contexts. The documentation of children's activities is a requirement in the national syllabus for the Swedish preschool. However, the documentation of children is always a social construction that focuses on certain things and excludes (possible)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Documentation, Personal Autonomy
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Cheeseman, Sandra – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Australia's National Quality Framework identifies responsibilities for early childhood educators who work with infants to plan for and assess their learning. Educators are urged to be "responsive to children's ideas and play" and to "assess, anticipate and extend children's learning". Responsiveness in relation to infants is…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Infants, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education
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Barron, Ian; Taylor, Lisa; Nettleton, Jan; Amin, Shabnam – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article seeks to explore the development of the relationship between a group of early childhood academics from the same university and practitioners from a particular early years setting in the north of England into an innovative professional development and research project (2-Curious). The article uses Foucauldian notions of heterotopia to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Research Projects
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Penn, Helen – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article considers the contribution of memoir as a method for understanding complex early childhood issues. It recounts the author's first visit to Tanzania, a low-income country with a chequered history of independence from colonial rule. The article uses memories from that initial visit to reflect on the changing interpretations of colonial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Developing Nations, Politics of Education
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Yamada-Rice, Dylan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article reports on a knowledge-exchange network project that had the core aim of informing the development of a video game for hospitalized children. In order to do this, it brought together hospital play specialists, academics and representatives from the digital games industry to co-produce knowledge that could be used in the future…
Descriptors: Video Games, Hospitalized Children, Design, Coping
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Procter, Lisa; Hackett, Abigail – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
In this article, the authors bring together the cultural studies of emotion with theories that foreground the agency of place and objects in order to analyse the entanglement of place, children and emotion (particularly fear) in children's play encounters. When children, objects and places come into play with each other, intensities and emotions…
Descriptors: Play, Emotional Response, Young Children, Ethnography
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Coulson, Mark; Oskis, Andrea; Gould, Rebecca L – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
In this article, the authors discuss the light and dark side of attachments and attachment style in physical and digital worlds. They argue that many games offer opportunities for the generation of new and meaningful attachments to both physical and digital others. They discuss two "fundamental attachment errors" and show how these can…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Video Games, Behavior Problems, Child Behavior
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Moss, Peter; Urban, Mathias – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
In this article, the authors provide an update on what has happened over recent months with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's proposal for an International Early Learning Study, and review responses to the proposed International Early Learning Study, including the concerns that have been raised about this new venture in…
Descriptors: International Assessment, International Organizations, International Education, Early Childhood Education
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Bjartveit, Carolyn; Panayotidis, E. Lisa – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
In an online graduate-level early childhood education course, the authors sought to playfully disrupt and transform educators' conceptions of children's "dark play," as provoked by contemporary popular culture. Embracing the imaginative potential of darkness and liminality, the course participants problematized and expanded their…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Play, Popular Culture, Student Attitudes
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Sadownik, Alicja R – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article contextualizes the dark sides of play from a cultural-historical perspective using Fraser's theory of social justice based on the concepts of recognition and redistribution. Through a micro-ethnographic analysis of a kindergarten's daily life and play situations between 2 five-year-old girls, the article describes the dark play from a…
Descriptors: Social Theories, Social Justice, Play, Ethnography
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Rosell├│, Jarod – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
My daughter has always been drawn to the frightening and the spooky, with a special interest in zombies. When she was four years old, she and I played a zombie video game together which instigated a series of zombie-related events. This article is a collection of metonymic moments rendered in comics and writing, that revisits these events as…
Descriptors: Video Games, Memory, Experience, Aesthetics
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