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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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McNerney, Karen; Carritt, Danielle; Dealey, Heather; Ladbury, Gemma – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This paper builds on previous research which outlined the development of a framework of scientific enquiry within a play-based curriculum for early childhood. For this paper, in order to help to mediate children's observation and exploration as part of their play, we propose that practitioners need to have well-developed skills to ask open-ended…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Scientific Literacy, Questioning Techniques, Young Children
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Watts, Mike; Salehjee, Saima – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This paper links early foundations in science for young children to the eventual achievement of science literacy for adults. There are five key arguments being made: (i) the early-years foundation stage (EYFS) specialists need to have a view for exactly what foundations "are" being laid in classrooms; (ii) that they all need to be --…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Young Children, Adults, Informal Education
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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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Kucirkova, Natalia; Flewitt, Rosie – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This paper reports on UK primary school teachers' and children's app developers' views about the potential of using personalized digital resources to promote young children's reading and play with 'smart toys'. Many existing digital resources are 'personalised', that is, the content of a story or game is tailored to an individual child, and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Technology
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Shiu, Shiou-Ping; Wang, Sze-Han; Chen, Yu-Jun – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This study used a quasi-experimental design to test if a small scale intervention improved self-regulation with 94 kindergarten children in Taiwan. The purpose of this study was to draw on the theory of Vygotsky and examine activities that could fit into the class schedule without substantially changing the basic curriculum and would require…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intervention, Self Control, Kindergarten
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Metin Aslan, Özge – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
The purpose of this research is to examine cultural difference in Turkish and American preschoolers' play, aggression and victimization behaviours. The research has been performed in a nursery school affiliated to a university in one of the big cities of Turkey and in two nursery schools affiliated to a university in one of the Northern states of…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Play, Cross Cultural Studies, Victims
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Pessoa, Alex Sandro Gomes; Liebenberg, Linda; Fonseca, Débora Belizário da; Medeiros, Jaqueline Knupp – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This article aims to analyze the indicators of vulnerability present in foster care institutions, as well as the protective resources that may be associated with resilience processes of children who are living in such institutions. Using a qualitative approach, the fieldwork was conducted in two foster care institutions located in a medium-sized…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), At Risk Persons, Foster Care, Foreign Countries
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Tandon, Pooja; Hassairi, Nail; Soderberg, Janet; Joseph, Gail – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
Gross motor and physical activity opportunities in early childhood are important for promoting health and development. We conducted two studies with the following aims: (1) to describe the quality of gross motor/physical activity early learning environments in Washington (WA) state, USA and (2) to study the relationship between the quality of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Physical Activity Level, Rating Scales, Educational Quality
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Cederborg, Ann-Christin – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This study explores how 3-5 year-old children negotiate participation rights during peer play in a preschool in Sweden. The interest is on how they build relations moment-by-moment. I specifically analyze how they negotiate participation rights with a focus on how they include and exclude each other in the ongoing activity. This is an ethnographic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Peer Relationship, Preschool Children
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Loizou, Eleni – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
The purpose of this study was to examine how an early childhood education (ECE) curriculum responds to children's voices in reference to transition from kindergarten to first grade. Drawing from the findings of a previous study which examined the empowering and limiting aspects of transition as voiced by first graders, I consider the points where…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Childrens Attitudes, Adjustment (to Environment), Elementary School Students
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Katsiada, Eleni; Roufidou, Irini – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
Young children's use of their Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) environment affordances, and especially the affordances of the floor, is an under researched area, both in Greece and internationally. This paper draws on findings from an ethnographic case study research conducted in Greece and presents an account of children's…
Descriptors: Physical Environment, Educational Environment, Early Childhood Education, Child Care
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