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Pereira, Sara; Rodrigues, Maria José; Vieira, Rui Marques – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
Science education become one prioritie of modern societies, with the purpose of forming scientifically literate youth and adults. They play an active role in solving the problems existing in society, making critical and informed decisions. In this paper we discuss the need for scientifically literate citizens and the relevance of practical work as…
Descriptors: Play, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Decision Making
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Turner, Nicola; Williams, Emma – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This paper examines where science fits within the early years foundation stage developmental framework and aims to create an understanding of common science practice within the early years, with particular focus on practice at Balham Nursery School and Children's Centre. Within the paper both theory and a range of practical examples are…
Descriptors: Science Education, Play, Preschool Education, Science Activities
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Wainwright, Nalda; Goodway, Jackie; Whitehead, Margaret; Williams, Andy; Kirk, David – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
The Welsh foundation phase is a play-based curriculum for 3-7-year-olds advocating outdoor and experiential approaches to learning. Play-based outdoor learning increases interaction with a range of affordances giving opportunities for movement in learning. Children assign activities as either play or not play-based on a series of cues. Teaching…
Descriptors: Play, Preschool Curriculum, Outdoor Education, Learning Activities
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Bilton, Helen – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This paper explores the views and attitudes of a small group of teachers concerning the early years outdoor teaching and learning environment. Further their responses are compared to an online survey of teachers examining their attitudes to the early years outdoor environment. This extends the current knowledge as to the drivers for teachers'…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Outdoor Education, Preschool Children
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Dale Tunnicliffe, Sue; Gkouskou, Eirini – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
Children are born to play and are born as intuitive scientists and use numeracy and literacy in their play. Playing is an essential apprenticeship for developing scientific (STEM) literacy. Observing children spontaneously playing reveals that they are experiencing STEM in action. They are observing phenomena, asking questions, solving problems,…
Descriptors: Play, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, STEM Education
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Toran, Mehmet; Hacifazlioglu, Özge – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This study aims to reveal the meanings attached to the concept of childhood and discuss how it is conceptualized and shaped with cultural attributes by parents and preschool teachers. The study was based on both quantitative and qualitative stance. One hundred and thirty parents and 125 preschool teachers participated in the first phase of the…
Descriptors: Children, Cultural Influences, Parent Influence, Teacher Influence
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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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Robertson, Natalie; Yim, Bonnie; Paatsch, Louise – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
Dramatic play is a typical activity that provides many benefits for preschool children's learning and development. This paper presents the findings of a mixed-method study that examined the level of preschool children's involvement in dramatic play and the connection between this involvement and the quality of the classroom environment. The study…
Descriptors: Dramatic Play, Educational Quality, Teaching Methods, Student Participation
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Blackburn, Carolyn; Harvey, Merryl – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
The number of preterm births is increasing globally and in England, yet professional knowledge about the short- and long-term developmental consequences and the psycho-social effect on parents is limited amongst the early years workforce. Using a social-ecological systems theory approach, this paper reports on a mixed-methods study that aimed to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Premature Infants, Young Children, Child Care
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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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Tanrikulu, Ibrahim – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This study examined prevalence, types, bully and victim characteristics, times and places bullying occur, relationship between class size and bullying, and relationship between teachers' level of education and preschool bullying. Participants were a convenience sample of 246 Turkish preschool teachers working with children between 36 and 72…
Descriptors: Incidence, Bullying, Victims, Class Size
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van der Aalsvoort, Geerdina; van der Zee, Symen; de Wit, Tjarda – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
Numeracy indicates number sense, measurement and geometry but is most often connected to number sense only. Since the domains of geometry and measurement are strongly connected to becoming skilful in science an intervention was carried out to improve children's science skills through measuring and geometry activities and enhance both their…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Geometry, Measurement, Kindergarten
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González, Sergio A.; Godoy, Rossana; Veas, Paulina – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This article describes an experience of collaborative work between scientists and preschool teachers in the format of a scientific congress of preschoolers in Chile. The participating preschool teachers evaluated the initiative positively based on: (1) it stimulates the preschool teachers to develop science teaching projects, (2) it makes visible…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sciences, Technology, Preschool Teachers
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Snell, Emily K.; Hindman, Annemarie H.; Wasik, Barbara A. – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
New technologies offer exciting opportunities for improving home-school communication, family engagement, and children's learning in early childhood. This paper presents the results of an exploratory study focused on understanding how texting might enhance family-school engagement in early childhood settings. Using focus groups and surveys of…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Family School Relationship, Early Childhood Education
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