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Grindheim, Liv Torunn – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2020
The voices of both early childhood education teachers and children tend to be weak in the choir of agents that constitute the aims and practices of early childhood education. In this article, a video that a teacher made of four children playing dragons, followed by open-ended interviews exploring why she found this particular activity of interest…
Descriptors: Imagination, Teacher Attitudes, Early Childhood Teachers, Video Technology
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Sullivan, Victoria; Coles, Laetitia; Xu, Yuwei; Perales, Francisco; Thorpe, Karen – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2020
Theoretical perspectives, and a large body of empirical research examining sex-segregated occupations, identify the attitudinal barriers of the majority as pivotal for both workplace well-being and the retention of minorities. Globally, where more than 90% of the early childhood education and care workforce is female, understanding the attitudes…
Descriptors: Sex Role, Males, Early Childhood Education, Child Care
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Oosterhoff, Arda; Oenema-Mostert, Ineke; Minnaert, Alexander – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2020
Early childhood teachers worldwide feel that their ability to act according to their professional knowledge and values is constrained. This sense of constraint is commonly attributed to the pressures of accountability policies, aimed at ensuring and improving educational quality. By law, Dutch schools are free to choose how they design their…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Professional Autonomy, Early Childhood Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Nganga, Lydiah; Madrid Akpovo, Samara; Thapa, Sapna; Mwangi, Agnes Muthoni – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2020
Research shows that modern forms of colonization are vested with globalizing discourses which include early childhood education, gender, and curriculum policies and practices that are Euro-western based. In this collaborative qualitative study, four ethnographic researchers--two who conduct research in Nepal and two who conduct research in…
Descriptors: Foreign Policy, Ethnography, Global Approach, Resilience (Psychology)
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Prioletta, Jessica – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2020
Child development ideologies have long informed early childhood education, shaping teachers' perceptions of children and their classroom practices through teacher education programs and education policies. Following the rise of post-developmental perspectives in the early childhood literature, the author uses a critical feminist lens to examine…
Descriptors: Gender Bias, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, Child Development
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Mäntyjärvi, Marjo; Puroila, Anna-Maija – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
This study addresses leadership enactment in the context of early childhood education and care centres in Finland. The study was implemented at a time when the early childhood education and care legislation had changed. The research draws from relational leadership theory to address the following questions: How do leaders, practitioners and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Legislation, Private Schools
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Vijayadevar, Sukuna; Thornton, Kate; Cherrington, Sue – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
Leadership in early childhood education has been promoted as a collaborative process in which all teachers, rather than just the positional leader, are involved. Collaborative leadership practices are not well understood within the marketised Singapore early childhood education context. Beyond mandatory leadership training, little is known about…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Preschool Teachers, Leadership Training, Instructional Leadership
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Michael Luna, Sara; Grey, Leslee J. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
Drawing on case-study data, this inquiry explores the lived experiences of four universal pre-kindergarten teachers to address the question: How do practitioners narratively interpret a local school district policy directive of child autonomy, use their professional capacities to reconstruct the directive to address diverse students' needs, and…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teaching Experience, Board of Education Policy, Personal Autonomy
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Brown, Christopher P.; Englehardt, Joanna; Barry, David P.; Ku, Da Hei – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
An important factor that may be missing from recent attempts to counter, resist, and/or reconceptualize the neoliberal framing of the early education process is the actions of children, particularly those that reinforce the neoliberal assemblage of schooling they learn through their interactions with their teacher in school. This article begins to…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children
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Hadley, Fay; Rouse, Elizabeth – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
The purpose of this article is to examine the disconnect happening in relation to family-centre partnerships. Developing partnerships with families is hotly debated and provides challenges for educators teaching in the early childhood sector. Using a comparative case study analysis, several research studies conducted in the states of New South…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Family School Relationship, Early Childhood Education, Comparative Analysis
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Madrid Akpovo, Samara; Nganga, Lydiah – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This colloquium problematizes the use of early childhood international field experiences as a tool for professional development with Euro-Western pre-service and in-service teachers. The authors critique experiences where minority-world educators teach or implement internships within majority-world contexts. It is critical for Euro-Western teacher…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Field Experience Programs, Preschool Teachers
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Arndt, Sonja – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Early childhood education settings are arguably places of community, togetherness and belonging. But what if they are not? What if individuals' senses of identity, place or reality clash, do not fit or, worse, repel or offend? This article picks up on the largely under-researched area of teachers' belonging and sense of cultural identity in early…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes, Professional Identity
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Nikiforidou, Zoi – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Taking risks and enjoying challenges are fundamental to the lives of young children from a developmental and evolutionary point of view. However, in modern societies, increasing concern about dangers and injuries has led to the escalation in regulation and provisions for the safety of young children. This intent to establish secure and risk-free…
Descriptors: Risk, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Instruction
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Cooper, Maria – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Implementing relationships-based pedagogies in infant and toddler settings might assume that teachers' experiences of emotional labour will be acknowledged. This assumption may be complicated by assessment practices that both rely on and detract from relationship-building opportunities with infants and toddlers. Assessment also relies on…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Infants, Toddlers, Teacher Student Relationship
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Salamon, Andi; Sumsion, Jennifer; Harrison, Linda – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Research about infants' capacity to communicate using cries, smiles and sophisticated emotional strategies to connect with adults in their lives has predominantly emerged from the field of developmental psychology, with relatively limited attention to how babies enact such communicative practices with key adults in naturalistic settings. This…
Descriptors: Infants, Early Childhood Education, Interpersonal Communication, Emotional Development
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