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Monti, Fiorella; Farné, Roberto; Crudeli, Fabiola; Agostini, Francesca; Minelli, Marianna; Ceciliani, Andrea – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study aimed to investigate the influence of Outdoor Education (OE) on different areas of development in 1-3-year-old children attending Italian nursery schools. The sample was composed of 160 children (1-3-year-old) divided into a first group (Traditional), with 76 children attending nursery schools with traditional educational activities;…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Child Development, Comparative Analysis, Preschools
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Campbell-Barr, Verity – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
The early childhood workforce is routinely demonstrated as being central to the quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC). Frequently, discussions of quality focus on structural features of training, such as level and duration. However, the literature demonstrates that quality extends beyond the structural and that early childhood…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Georgeson, Jan; Campbell-Barr, Verity; Bakosi, Éva; Nemes, Magdolna; Pálfi, Sándor; Sorzio, Paolo – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
Increasing interest in the provision of early childhood education and care services as a social investment strategy has been accompanied by worldwide concerns to identify appropriate pedagogical practices for working with young children. Here, we trace the developing interest in child-centred approaches, before considering whether there can be…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Global Approach, Student Centered Curriculum
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Tsangaridou, Niki; Zachopoulou, Evridiki; Liukkonen, Jarmo; Gråstén, Arto; Kokkonen, Marja – Early Child Development and Care, 2014
The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes in children's social skills after their participation in a physical education programme named ESPEC ("Early Steps" Physical Education Curriculum). The evaluators of the children's social skills were the trained educators who implemented the curriculum as well as parents of the…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Physical Education, Units of Study, Preschool Children
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Balboni, Giulia; Pedrabissi, Luigi – Early Child Development and Care, 1998
Examined relationships between adjustment and academic achievement and effects of sociocultural background on parental expectations for primary school students in Italy. Found a significant relationship between adjustment and achievement. Parents were more willing than teachers to excuse poor adjustment or behavior in a high-achieving child.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), Child Behavior, Foreign Countries