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Yang, Weipeng – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
School leadership plays a critical role in providing appropriate and sustainable curriculum practices. However, there remain significant knowledge gaps in understanding early childhood curriculum leadership in Chinese contexts. In order to examine early childhood curriculum leadership in such contexts, this study analyses and interprets data from…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development, Leadership Responsibility, Preschool Curriculum
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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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Lafton, Tove – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
Various forms of digital devices have established themselves as resources within constructions of professional practices in early childhood education. This article is centred on the question of how we might rethink an example of digital practice based on a Foucauldian understanding of discourse and a rhizomatic understanding of digital practice…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Technology Uses in Education, Kindergarten
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Miller, Kyle; Hilgendorf, Amy; Dilworth-Bart, Janean – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
This qualitative study was an exploration of mothers' perspectives on home-school connections to better understand the variable ways families engage with schools in early childhood. The study was conducted in the USA, and included 47 mothers with preschool-aged children who participated in semi-structured interviews concerning their children's…
Descriptors: Cultural Capital, Family School Relationship, Guidelines, Qualitative Research
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Moon, Kyunghee; Reifel, Stuart – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2008
This study explores a teacher's understandings of the role of play and her use of play in literacy learning serving children from diverse language backgrounds. The participants in this study were a public pre-kindergarten teacher and her class. Data were collected from interviews, informal conversations, observations, and self-reflexive notes. The…
Descriptors: Play, Creative Activities, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers
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Gill, Sukhdeep; Winters, Dixie; Friedman, Diane S. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
The transition from pre-kindergarten (center-based programs for four-year-olds) to kindergarten is a critical milestone with far-reaching consequences for children and their families because positive transition and school readiness are integrally linked as predictors of future school success. This study was conducted to explore the existing…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Preschool Education, Kindergarten, Performance Factors
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Kim, Mina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
The purpose of this study was to explore the philosophical basis of novice preschool teachers in South Korea and how this pedagogical orientation was reflected in their classrooms. Through interviews and observations, this research gave Korean preschool teachers the opportunity to voice their beliefs about child-centered pedagogy, and illuminated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Li, Yuen Ling – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Kindergarten teachers in Hong Kong are often criticised for not putting early childhood education theory into practice after their in-service training. It appears that they may be too concerned about academic work and discipline in the classroom and neglect to create a coherent vision of early childhood education. It might be suggested that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Farrell, Lynn – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
The concept for the piloting of a contemporary early childhood kindergarten in China was visualised by the chief executive officer of TMC Academy, Dr Chin, in July 2002 when he participated in a Singaporean-led mission to Liaoning Province in China. Shenyang Creative Kindergarten is the result of that concept. It opened for children in September…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Administrators
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Duncan, Judith – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Early childhood care and education services in New Zealand have experienced major policy reforms since 1984. Life history interviews were carried out over a two-year period to obtain insight into the impact of the major reforms on the lives of eight kindergarten teachers. This article looks at the teachers' own perceptions of the changes and how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Educational Change