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Höltge, Lea; Ehm, Jan-Henning; Hartmann, Ulrike; Hasselhorn, Marcus – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study addresses preschool teachers' self-efficacy beliefs in assessment and promotion of children's early language, social-emotional, and mathematical skills. The aim of the study was to find out to what extent preschool teachers believe to be able to assess and promote those skills, respectively. In a sample of 368 German preschool teachers,…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Language Acquisition
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Luchs, Antje; Fikus, Monika – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
New playground concepts--favouring natural play characteristics--emerge. The aim of our free play study is to explore the relation between newly established natural playgrounds and the widely spread contemporary ones in terms of physical activity levels. The playground features differ in vegetation, topography, size and play equipment. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Playgrounds, Playground Activities
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Eckhardt, Andrea G.; Egert, Franziska – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
International findings indicate only moderate childcare quality and results revealed significant differences between regions. So far, this difference cannot be explained by structural characteristics. Based on the National Study on Education, Learning and Upbringing in Early Childhood (NUBBEK) sample of 215 lead teachers, the influence of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality
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Lohbeck, Annette – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
Based upon self-concept and self-determination theory, the present study aimed to examine the measurement separability of young children's math self-concept (MSC) and six specific types of motivation, namely, intrinsic motivation (INTR), integrated motivation (INTEG), identified motivation (IDENT), introjected motivation, extrinsic motivation…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Self Concept, Elementary School Mathematics, Student Motivation
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Smidt, Wilfried; Kammermeyer, Gisela; Roux, Susanna; Theisen, Christiane; Weber, Christian – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
The career success of preschool teachers has been discussed to be important because it can be a precondition for the ability to provide a high-quality preschool education. Consequently, the identification of factors that can help explain individual differences in career success is a crucial research issue. Previous research covering various…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Personality Traits, Locus of Control, Self Efficacy
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Suggate, Sebastian; Stoeger, Heidrun; Pufke, Eva – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Children's fine motor skills (FMS) are being increasingly recognized as an important aspect of preschool development; yet, we know very little about the experiences that foster their development. We utilized a parent-administered children's fine and gross motor activities questionnaire (MAQ) to investigate links with FMS. We recruited a sample of…
Descriptors: Play, Psychomotor Skills, Parents, Questionnaires
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Lohbeck, Annette; Tietjens, Maike; Bund, Andreas – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
The present study examined gender differences and relationships of seven specific domains of physical self-concept (PSC) ("Strength," "Endurance," "Speed," "Flexibility," "Coordination," "Global Sport Competence," and "Appearance") and physical activity enjoyment (PAE) in 447…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Self Concept, Human Body, Muscular Strength
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Smidt, Wilfried – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
Nonacademic and academic pedagogues working in childhood education are involved in multiple occupational activities. Theoretical frameworks focussing on career development and processes of professionalisation may provide hints about differences in the occupational activities of nonacademic and academic pedagogues as well as with regard to how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Predictor Variables, Early Childhood Education, Job Skills
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Hachfeld, Axinja; Anders, Yvonne; Kuger, Susanne; Smidt, Wilfried – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
Home and educational institutions are children's most important external influences and a positive partnership between the two can positively affect children's cognitive and non-cognitive development. Quality of family-preschool partnership (FPP) can depend on preschool and family characteristics. For Germany, studies show that immigrant parents…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education
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Richter, David; Lehrl, Simone; Weinert, Sabine – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
The present paper was written under the auspices of the interdisciplinary research group "Educational Processes, Competence Development, and Selection Decisions at Preschool and Primary School Age (BiKS)" (FOR 543), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The surveys were conceptualised and supervised as part of the developmental…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Developmental Psychology, Financial Support, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Smidt, Wilfried; Rossbach, Hans-Günther – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
A large body of research has examined the quality of educational processes in preschools, but it has usually been studied at the group level. Thus, there is a lack of research on the quality of educational processes as experienced by individual children. Therefore, this study investigated the quality of educational processes in preschools at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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Durand, Judith; Hopf, Michaela; Nunnenmacher, Sabine – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
In debate on professionalisation of early childhood education and care professionals (ECEC professionals), the focus is increasingly turning to the ability of ECEC professionals to reflect on and evaluate their own pedagogical practice. Self-reflection is considered a core competence of professional pedagogical practice. So far, little research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Care, Child Caregivers, Preschool Teachers
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Kluczniok, Katharina; Anders, Yvonne; Sechtig, Jutta; Rossbach, Hans-Guenther – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
As a result of public discussions regarding Germany's standing on international rankings of student achievement, increased attention was focused on enhancing cognitive stimulation in preschools. There are some concerns that preschool curricula that focus more on cognitive stimulation rather than on socio-emotional skills might neglect the…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Academic Education, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Kammermeyer, Gisela; Stuck, Andrea; Roux, Susanna – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
Students' school success in literacy and numeracy is often hampered by limited prerequisites in these domains, yet the effectiveness of different approaches to support students is unclear. Using professional training programmes for kindergarten teachers, we tested the effects of three kindergarten approaches in a quasi-experimental pre- and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, Numeracy, Reading Skills
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Becker, Birgit; Boldin, Elena; Klein, Oliver – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
A lack of adequate German language skills is often discussed as a major reason for the disadvantage of children of immigrants in the German educational system. This article analyses the access to formal and informal early education of Turkish-origin children in Germany and the influence of these early education contexts on the children's German…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Preschool Children, Turkish, German
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