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Nicholson, Julie; Kuhl, Katie; Maniates, Helen; Lin, Betty; Bonetti, Sara – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
With the increasing acknowledgement of the benefits of early childhood education, there is a need to ask critical questions about whether ample leadership exists for guiding ambitious systemic change in the field. This review of leadership in early childhood educational contexts between 1995 and 2015 examines the epistemological assumptions…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Social Justice, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Qualities
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Brody, David L.; Scheiner, Esther Y.; Dimri Ben Ari, Mordechai; Tzadok, Yair; van der Aalsvoort, Geerdina Maria; Lepola, Janne – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This international study compared motivational tendencies among pre-school children from Israel, Finland and the Netherlands. Teachers were asked to rate students' behaviours during semi-structured tasks using the Child Behaviour Motivational Scale (CBeMo) which measures task orientation, task avoidance, and social dependence. Motivational…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Student Motivation, Cultural Differences
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Hofslundsengen, Hilde; Magnusson, Maria; Svensson, Ann-Katrin; Jusslin, Sofia; Mellgren, Elisabeth; Hagtvet, Bente E.; Heilä-Ylikallio, Ria – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This study investigates the physical literacy environment of preschools in three Nordic countries. The environments were assessed using an observation protocol in a total of 131 classrooms with children aged between one and seven in Sweden, Norway and Finland. The results showed that children's books were common and accessible in all three…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Preschool Education, Technological Literacy, Multilingualism
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Hostyn, Ine; Mäkitalo, Anna-Riitta; Hakari, Sylvia; Vandenbussche, Liselotte – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
The advantage of pedagogical documentation has been widely documented in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). However, little research points out how and why professionals are using pedagogical documentation from the staff's perspective itself. Therefore, this research aimed to examine how pedagogical documentation is employed…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Martinviita-Hietala, Mariia; Joskitt, Leena; Ebeling, Hanna; Yliherva, Anneli; Moilanen, Irma – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
Risk factors for parenthood, early interaction and parents' perception of their 1-year-old child were examined in relation to the demographic and pregnancy-related background factors and to the further training for public health care nurses (PHCNs), according to European Early Promotion Project (EEPP). The short version of the Parenting Stress…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parents, Child Rearing, Infants
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Mertala, Pekka – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
In this study, written assignments from preservice early childhood teachers were examined to find answers to the following research questions: (1) What beliefs do preservice teachers have about children and technology at home? (2) How are parents represented in preservice teachers' beliefs about children and technology? (3) What are the…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Beliefs, Preservice Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Öztürk Dönmez, Renginar; Bayik Temel, Ayla – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The aim of this review is to identify the behavioural soothing interventions (BSIs) used for reducing infant crying and to determine their effect. Studies had to describe an experimental study addressing infant crying and BSIs in the first six months after birth. Searches were performed in Web of Science, Pubmed, Science Direct, EBSCOhost,…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Intervention, Infant Behavior, Infants
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Lähteenmäki, Marko; Hakyemez-Paul, Sevcan; Pihlaja, Päivi – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Extra-familial support has been proven to be an important resource for families during early parenthood, but little attention has been paid to what supports should be available for fathers specifically and how fathers perceive different sources of support during early parenthood in the twenty-first century. This study examined Finnish fathers' (N…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Rearing, Social Support Groups, Socioeconomic Status
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Saraçoglu, Dürdane Sirin; Karaoglan, Deniz – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Drawing on cognitive science, child psychology, education and economics literature, this paper investigates the significance of early childhood development and highlights the value of investment in early childhood education (ECE). The young child requires adequate psycho-stimulation for the optimal development of the brain, which subsequently…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Human Capital, Global Approach, Foreign Countries
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Koivula, Merja; Gregoriadis, Athanasios; Rautamies, Erja; Grammatikopoulos, Vasilis – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Kindergarten teachers from different cultural backgrounds attribute various meanings to children's autonomy. There seems to be cultural differences in early childhood education curricula with regard to how a child's autonomy is described and how it is supported. This qualitative study asks: how do teachers narrate their perspective and pedagogical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Rautamies, Erja; Vähäsantanen, Katja; Poikonen, Pirjo-Liisa; Laakso, Marja-Leena – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study investigated the understudied issue of parental agency and related emotions in the educational partnership in the context of Finnish early childhood education and care. We asked (i) what types of parental agency can be identified in the educational partnership and (ii) in what ways emotions are related to these types of agency. The…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Partnerships in Education, Mothers, Fathers
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Lasanen, Maarit; Määttä, Kaarina; Uusiautti, Satu – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study focused on the peer support group activities organized in two northern-Finnish places for children with hearing loss and their experiences of it. This was an ethnographic child research, in which the research participants were 16 (12 girls, 4 boys, aged 7-17 years) northern-Finnish children with hearing loss. The main research data…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Hearing Impairments, Secondary School Students, Social Support Groups
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Paananen, Maiju; Lipponen, Lasse – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
In this paper, we consider pedagogical quality particularly as equal opportunities for participating in decision-making in preschool. Relying on Ferraris' [2013. "Documentality: Why it is necessary to leave traces." New York: Fordham University Press] theory of Documentality, we demonstrate how pedagogical documentation can contribute to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Equal Education, Educational Quality, Preschool Education
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Heikka, Johanna; Halttunen, Leena; Waniganayake, Manjula – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
This study investigated perceptions of early childhood education (ECE) professionals employed at three ECE centres on teacher leadership enactment in Finland. These professionals comprised childcare nurses, teachers and ECE centre directors. Theoretically, the study was anchored on an analysis of teacher leadership and distributed leadership…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Leadership, School Nurses
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Lundkvist, Marina; Nyby, Josefine; Autto, Janne; Nygård, Mikael – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Universal public childcare for children under seven has been central in Finland since the mid-1990s, capacitating both gender equality and children's human capital and wellbeing. In 2015, as a further step in the development of this system, early learning and childhood pedagogy was strengthened through the early childhood education and care (ECEC)…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Foreign Countries
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