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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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Cumming, Tamara; Sumsion, Jennifer – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
A growing body of research suggests that a range of "hidden" or "less tangible" aspects of early childhood practice play an important part in early childhood practice. The purpose of this article is to contribute to this existing research literature by identifying some of the complex ways that less tangible aspects…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Educational Practices, Childrens Television
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Henderson, Linda – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
Since early childhood has become the focus of national and supranational political spaces, issues around teacher learning have also gained a firm position in the debates. This has seen the literature on teacher learning largely being positioned within a managerial/alternative dichotomy, arising from a resistance to technical-rationalist discourses…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Participatory Research, Action Research, Preschool Teachers
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Duncan, Judith; Bartle, Carol – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
Normalising practices as a tool for controlling the body and bodily processes have been well-documented using Foucault's theories, including debates around breastfeeding. In this article we explore how the ideas of "normalisation" of the bottle-feeding culture of infants in New Zealand early childhood settings has become the accepted…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nutrition, Child Health, Infants
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Campbell, Stacey; Torr, Jane; Cologon, Kathy – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
Language-rich environments are key to overall quality in early childhood settings, including frequent child-staff interactions around picture books and dramatic play. In a language-rich environment, explicit teaching of literacy concepts, such as phonics, is embedded in authentic and meaningful situations where alphabet letters and sounds are…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Literacy Education, Phonics, Teaching Methods
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Cuming, Tamara; Sumsion, Jennifer; Wong, Sandie – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
Considerable attention has been paid across international contexts to structural factors affecting the sustainability of the early childhood workforce. While attention to these elements is vital, it can nevertheless overshadow less tangible elements that may contribute to, or assist in addressing, problems of workforce sustainability. In…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Preschool Teachers, Classroom Techniques, Cross Cultural Studies
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McArdle, Felicity; Knight, Linda; Stratigos, Tina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
This article examines how creativity and the arts can assist teachers who teach from a social justice perspective, and how knowledge built through meaningful experiences of difference can make a difference. Just as imagining is central to visual arts practice, so too is the capacity to imagine a necessity for social justice. The authors ask what…
Descriptors: Creativity, Social Justice, Visual Arts, Imagination
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Gibson, Megan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
The Australian government's current workforce reforms in early childhood education and care (ECEC) include a major shift in qualification requirements. The new requirement is that university four-year degree qualified teachers are employed in before-school contexts, including childcare. Ironically, recent research studies show that, in Australia,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education
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Nuttall, Joce – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
Developmental Work Research (DWR) is a methodology for simultaneous research and innovation in workplace settings, developed by Finnish researcher Yryo Engestrom. This interventionist approach builds on the principles of cultural-historical activity theory, articulated by developmental psychologists L.S. Vygotsky and A.N. Le'ontev. The article…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Innovation, Intervention, Educational Theories
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Chalke, Joy – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
This article explores, through a review of a body of literature, whether it is possible to create a new understanding of what it means to be a professional in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in England. It reviews some competing views of the nature of professionalism and then explores the distinctive attributes and qualities required by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Professional Identity, Professional Recognition
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Adair, Jennifer Keys – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
This article explores how discrimination acts as a barrier to providing the highest quality education to young Latino children of immigrants. Preschool teachers' concerns emerged from focus group data with 40 teachers in four US cities, collected as part of the international Children Crossing Borders study of immigration and early childhood…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Educational Quality, Immigration, Preschool Teachers
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Little, Helen; Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Wyver, Shirley – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
Positive risk-taking in the context of outdoor physical play is important for fostering children's optimal health and development. Despite this, there is mounting concern that many developmentally beneficial activities are now seen as dangerous and something to be avoided. However, perceptions of risk are very much subject to cultural…
Descriptors: Well Being, Teaching Methods, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries
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Hadley, Fay – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
There is a growing body of literature about the potential for early childhood settings to serve as community hubs to develop relationships with families. However, there is limited information about the ways in which families and early childhood staff interface in defining what constitutes "quality" within settings. Researchers have…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Child Care
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Ejuu, Godfrey – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
Knowledge of the history and development of early childhood development in Uganda is paramount if we are to know how far we have come and where we are going. This article explores the introduction of early childhood development in Ugandan policy and government interventions from 1960 to 2011. Data was obtained from a review of available early…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Conference Papers, Young Children, Foreign Countries
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Clark, Beverley – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
This article examines small-scale research into what passion might mean to early childhood teachers in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand. The catalyst for this research was twofold: Moyles' work in the United Kingdom on passion, professionalism and paradox, and the author's personal encounters with the distinct views in the teaching community on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Likert Scales
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