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Penn, Helen – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
This colloquium argues that writings on leadership in the early years commonly assume a service ethos. The aim of nurseries and other early childhood settings is to provide a service for children and their parents, and the task of leadership is seen to be to find effective ways of defining and realizing this aim. But increasingly, and especially…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Commercialization
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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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Reinertsen, Anne Beate – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article is crafted through three scenes, through which the author tries to imagine quality as something that is third space, semiotic, plasticity, eternal, and simultaneously something solid and obviously good here and now, through a Spinozian/Deluzian/Braitottian joy/you/me. The author rhizomatically tries to lay everything out on a plane of…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Semiotics, Social Change, History
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Farquhar, Sandy – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
Time is an important driver of pedagogy which is often overlooked in the busy atmosphere of an early childhood centre. Engaging philosophically with three different concepts of time, and drawing examples from literature and art to focus attention on how time is constituted in early childhood centres, this article argues that we inhabit the…
Descriptors: Creativity, Early Childhood Education, Child Care Centers, Foreign Countries
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Stratigos, Tina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
Belonging is emerging as an important concept in contemporary early childhood curricula, and calls have recently been made for belonging to be critically interrogated and further theorized. This article explores how belonging was operating for an infant in Australian family day care by looking at an episode that took place between the infant, a…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Infants, Children, Child Care Centers
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Manning, John P.; Thirumurthy, Vidya; Field, Harriet – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
In a previous publication the authors examined selected aspects of the structure and curriculum of fifteen childcare centers located in three geographically distant locations in North America and determined that contrasts within and between the regions in terms of structure and curriculum guided by the National Association for the Education of…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Participant Observation, Global Approach, Content Analysis
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Rouse, Liz – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
Family-centred practice has been included in the Victoria, Australia Early Years Learning and Development Framework as a key practice principle for professionals working across all early years programs in that state. While this model of partnership for engaging and collaborating with families has long been used in the early intervention sector,…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries
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Agbenyega, Joseph S. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
Safe learning spaces allow children to explore their environment in an open and inquiring way, whereas unsafe spaces constrain, frustrate and disengage children from experiencing the fullness of their learning spaces. This study explores how children make sense of safe and unsafe learning spaces, and how this understanding affects the ways they…
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Classroom Design, Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries
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Cameron, Claire – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
Professionalising the early childhood workforce in terms of improving pay and conditions of work and employing male workers can be seen as independent trends: there is no necessary relationship between the two. However, when the definition of professionalism is extended to include the scope and quality of practice, the experiences and views of…
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Nursery Schools
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Nupponen, Hanna – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
There has been minimal Australian research focused on leadership and management aspects of directors' work in centre-based child care to date. In Australia, practices in early education have been drawn largely from studies in other cultural contexts, particularly research undertaken in the United States. It is timely that Australian research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Leadership, Child Care, Child Care Centers
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Lee, Kenneth Siu Woo; Na, Anna Yeung On; Yee, Wong Shuk – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Hong Kong's most recent education reform proposal is the "Consultation Document of the Working Party on Harmonisation of Pre-primary Services" ("Consultation Document".) This examines the feasibility of combining kindergarten and childcare centres and having one single body regulating them. It has stimulated great responses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Consultation Programs, Position Papers