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Svärdemo Åberg, Eva; Insulander, Eva – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This article presents a meta-interpretative synthesis of contrasting research studies about methodological and theoretical challenges for Swedish preschool teachers in systematic quality development work. The first challenge involves an awareness of producing documentation from different levels of preschool work. The second challenge concerns…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Documentation
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Linberg, Anja; Kluczniok, Katharina; Burghardt, Lars; Freund, Jan-David – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Although observational instruments are considered to be the gold standard for measuring toddler childcare quality, large-scale studies often have to rely on interviews or questionnaires. However, it remains unclear whether such reports can serve as reliable indicators for childcare quality. The present study used the ITERS and FCCERS to examine…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Child Care, Evaluation Methods, Questionnaires
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Rodrigo, María José; Máiquez, María Luisa; Hidalgo, Victoria; Martín Quintana, Juan Carlos; Martínez-González, Raquel-Amaya; Ochaita, Esperanza; Balsells Bailón, M. Angels; Arranz Freijo, Enrique B. – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
This study showcases the collaborative work between, on the one side, the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services, and Equality and the Federation of Municipalities and Provinces and, on the other side, a consortium of eight Spanish universities. The aims are to implement a positive parenting policy to adopt codes of professional best…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Best Practices, Quality Assurance, Parenting Styles
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Barreto, Florencia Belén; González Safont, Llúcia; Roncallo, Claudia Patricia; Acha, Joana; Sánchez de Miguel, Manuel – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
This study presents the descriptive data of a family context assessment carried out using a new instrument which includes a wide range of variables identified in recent scientific literature as influencing children's psychological development. Participants were 772 families with children aged between 7 and 11. The results reveal variability…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Stress Variables, Parenting Styles, Self Esteem
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Morawska, Alina; Basha, Allison; Adamson, Michelle; Winter, Leanne – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
This study examined the relationship between microanalytic coding and global rating systems when coding maternal parenting behaviour in two contexts. Observational data from 55 mother--child interactions with two- to four-year-old children, in either a mealtime (clinic; N?=?20 or control; N?=?20) or a playtime context (community; N?=?15), were…
Descriptors: Correlation, Coding, Rating Scales, Parenting Styles
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Konstantinidou, Elisavet; Zisi, Vasiliki; Michalopoulou, Maria – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
The promotion of creativity has been proved a necessity in the education process. The research on creativity in physical education though is very limited worldwide and there is a lack of multilingual evaluation instruments. In the current study, the Creativity Fostering Teacher Index (CFTIndex) was translated and culturally adapted in Greek and…
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Creativity
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Neumann, Michelle M.; Neumann, David L. – Early Child Development and Care, 2014
There is a need for more comprehensive assessments of young children's emerging print knowledge. Traditional letter and numeral identification assessments score children's responses as either correct or incorrect and this approach can underestimate what children know. The present study tested an assessment scale that scored three- and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Emergent Literacy, Printed Materials, Scoring
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Sajaniemi, Nina; Suhonen, Eira; Kontu, Elina; Lindholm, Harri; Hirvonen, Ari – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
The aim of this study was to investigate whether the preschool activities challenge the stress regulative system in children. We used a multi-system approach to evaluate the underlying processes of stress responses and measured both cortisol and [alpha]-amylase responses after emotionally and cognitively challenging tasks followed by a recovery…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Physiology, Biochemistry, Preschool Children
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Russell, Ginny; Norwich, Brahm; Gwernan-Jones, Ruth – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
A six-year-old child was independently assessed by three licensed educational (school) psychologists and one interdisciplinary team in the UK. All but one of these practitioners believed their assessment to be the first. The aim was to compare the practice of assessors and their conclusions especially in diagnostic categorisation. The methods of…
Descriptors: Identification, Learning Problems, Foreign Countries, Asperger Syndrome
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McIntosh, Caroline; Stephens, Christine – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
In this paper we describe a method for exploring young children's views of illness causality in social context. Studies of children's conceptualisation of illness have predominantly focused on the nature of children's knowledge rather than locating that knowledge within socio-cultural contexts. Adopting a socio-constructivist perspective we sought…
Descriptors: Social Environment, Cultural Context, Attitude Measures, Childhood Attitudes
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Berkhout, Louise; Hoekman, Joop; Goorhuis-Brouwer, Sieneke M. – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
The objective of this study was to develop an instrument to observe the play behaviour of a whole group of children from four to six years of age in a classroom setting on the basis of video recording. The instrument was developed in collaboration with experienced teachers and experts on play. Categories of play were derived from the literature…
Descriptors: Observation, Video Technology, Play, Test Construction
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Naerland, Terje – Early Child Development and Care, 2011
The principal aim of this paper is to contribute to the pursuit of evaluating pragmatic language competence in preschool years by observation-based data. Initially, the relations between age and language development measured as mean length of utterance (MLU) and three dialogue skills are described. The occurrences of "focus on the dialogue…
Descriptors: Asperger Syndrome, Pragmatics, Language Skills, Preschool Children
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Pan, Yue-Juan; Liu, Yan – Early Child Development and Care, 2011
This study developed a standardised mediated assessment to measure young children's mathematical ability in reasoning, abstraction and representation in number, computation, quantity, shape and relationship through six tasks with four levels. The percentage distribution of children at four levels on the tasks showed that the tiered mediations…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Program Effectiveness, Mathematical Aptitude
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Paquette, Daniel; Bigras, Marc – Early Child Development and Care, 2010
Initial validation data are presented for the Risky Situation (RS), a 20-minute observational procedure designed to assess the father-child activation relationship with children aged 12-18 months. The coding grid, which is simple and easy to use, allows parent-child dyads to be classified into three categories and provides an activation score. By…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Fathers, Risk, Validity
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Nowak-Fabrykowski, Krystyna; Helinski, Monica; Buchstein, Fred – Early Child Development and Care, 2009
In this research project we investigated the process of adoption of foster children by foster parents and the foster parents' ideas of how to help foster children going through the process of adoption or those who have been adopted. We sent questionnaires to 200 foster parents living in the Cleveland area, but just 23 foster parents replied.…
Descriptors: Adoption, Foster Care, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Attitudes
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