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Gaspar, Catherine Rogers – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Parenting a child with a disability can be stressful, and research has shown that burdens related to that care may overload parents and have negative effects on their quality of life. Thus, it is important to support families beginning early in their parenting experience and provide them with a strong foundation of tools and information. This…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Young Children, Disabilities, Preschool Education
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Hall, Anna; Gao, Qianyi; Linder, Sandra – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Field-based experience has been an integral part of teacher preparation, and there is a consensus among key stakeholders that school-based practica are one of the most critical components of effective teacher education programs (Aspden, 2017; La Paro et al., 2018; Vick, 2006; Zeichner, 2002). Based on John Dewey's theory that knowledge is acquired…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Student Teachers, Teaching Experience
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Hall, Anna; Gao, Qianyi – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
When teachers take on the sole responsibility for teaching children to write, it is a hefty load to bear. Fortunately, families can serve alongside teachers as powerful writing role models and help welcome children into the world of written language. Involving families as team members in a teacher's writing instruction is not always easy. It takes…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Writing Instruction, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Computer Mediated Communication
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Sturdivant, Toni Denese – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
There is a prevailing myth that young children do not notice race (Doucet & Adair, 2013; Hirschfeld, 2012). While, in fact, infants as early as three months old notice race (Bar-Haim et al., 2006; Kelly et al., 2005). If numerous early childhood educators find discussing race and ethnicity inappropriate for young children, children could be…
Descriptors: Child Development, Play, Toys, Racial Differences
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DeShelter, Lori; Slutsky, Ruslan – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Due to an influx of new technology, children today have more options for how they engage in play through technology than ever before. Computers, tablets, hand held video games and parents' cell phones are among the numerous technologies that affect children's playtime. Traditional play and technology play are two ways that young children engage in…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Preschool Children, Information Technology, Play
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Kim, Kyoung Jin; Wee, Su-Jeong; Gilbert, Beverly Boals – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Among various benefits of art for young children, this article highlights the emotional development aspect, specifically boosting self-confidence through art activities. The definition of self-confidence as having trust in one's self, clear knowledge of one's strengths and limitations, and assurance of one's ability to handle a variety of…
Descriptors: Young Children, Art Activities, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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White, Kelley Mayer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
For a majority of teachers, traditional professional development workshops lack relevancy and leave teachers on their own to implement what was learned. Workshops are frequently structured in ways in which teachers are seen simply as recipients of information handed down by trainers (a more passive role) versus those who reflect on and construct…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Books, Clubs, Teacher Student Relationship
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Vera, Debbie; Castilleja Trejo, Michelle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
With the increased accountability of early childhood programs and the need to carefully document each assessment, teachers need to explore videotaping to enhance observational assessments. Observing children continues to be an effective method for understanding the uniqueness of each child's development. In this article, the authors present a case…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Observation, Student Evaluation, Early Childhood Education
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Andrews, Nicole – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
Blocks are not just for play! In this article, Nicole Andrews describes observing the interactions of three young boys enthusiastically engaged in the kindergarten block center of their classroom, using blocks in a building project that displayed their ability to use critical thinking skills, physics exploration, and the development of language…
Descriptors: Manipulative Materials, Play, Interaction, Kindergarten
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Harte, Helene Arbouet – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2013
Engagement in the natural environment provides authentic and concrete opportunities for children to enhance development in all domains (Bailie, 2010). As children play and explore in nature they build gross motor development moving through the outdoors. Learning outside and in nature not only allows for learning across subject areas and…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Natural Resources, Play, Experiential Learning
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Armstrong, Linda J.; Kinney, Katherine C.; Clayton, Lisa H. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
Teacher leadership is quite simply what teachers do for the good of children inside and beyond their classrooms. It is critical today to successfully reform schools and the profession. Inside the classroom, teacher leaders advocate for best practices and model expert teaching. Teacher leaders contribute to their professional community to improve…
Descriptors: Young Children, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Teacher Leadership
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Barclay, Kathy; Benelli, Cecelia – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues that observations of how children construct literacy and their responses to print-filled environments will help child care providers and families be better prepared to support children's emergent literacy. Provides advice on literacy development, supporting emergent literacy, developing positive attitudes toward reading, and developing…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Emergent Literacy, Infants, Literacy Education
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Stringer-Seibold, Traci; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Describes a qualitative research study of children from divided families and analyzes findings in terms of family contexts, children's resiliency, and needs. Suggests strategies for professionals including recognition of developmental capacity within family circumstances, interactive systems, communication patterns and areas of stress. Includes…
Descriptors: Divorce, Early Childhood Education, Family Attitudes, Family Characteristics
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Lewis, Eleanore Grater – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues importance of a flexible approach to educating physically and developmentally disabled children, one that allows children to learn and play with attention to age, stages, temperaments, personalities and individual needs. Notes that staff attitudes and willingness to adjust schedules, plans, room arrangement, curriculum, and expectations are…
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Environment, Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Programs
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Presler, Betty; Routt, Mary Lou – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Provides guidelines to prepare for and monitor successful inclusion programs for children who require individualized health-related intervention to enable participation in early childhood programs. The framework includes establishing standards for care that are comprehensive, coordinated, family-centered, culturally relevant, community-based, and…
Descriptors: Child Health, Chronic Illness, Day Care Centers, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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