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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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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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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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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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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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Palla, Linda – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This review aims to provide an overview of content in Nordic research between 2006-2014 in the field of special education in preschool. More specifically, this review identifies the similarities and variation in and between content in the research. A total of 31 studies were found to be relevant. A summative thematic content analysis was made. The…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Special Education, Inclusion
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Naesby, Torben – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
The aim of this study is to investigate quality in Danish preschools and to establish whether disadvantaged children benefit from preschool attendance in an inclusive perspective? The conceptual framework of the research project rests on bio-eco-systems theory [Bronfenbrenner & Morris, 2006. "The Bioecological model of human development.…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Educational Quality, Rating Scales, Preschool Education
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Sucuoglu, Bulbin; Bakkaloglu, Hatice; Demir, Seyda – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
The purpose of this study is to investigate the home environments of young children with (CWDs) and without disabilities (CWODs) with the aim of identifying the relationships between the development of children and their home environments. The study analyses further, whether inclusive preschools, as an intervention, have an influence on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Family Environment, Preschool Children, Students with Disabilities
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Yilmaz, Simge; Sicim-Sevim, Berna – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This study aimed to investigate whether or not gymnastics is effective to develop 60-72-month-old children's motor skills. The participants were selected from two different preschools in the same district of Ankara, Turkey. While half of the children participated in regular gymnastic activities in their schools, the remaining part of them did not…
Descriptors: Psychomotor Skills, Motor Development, Preschool Children, Foreign Countries
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Kriebel, Dawn K.; Brown, Eleanor D. – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
This study investigated relations between parent teaching, cumulative instability/chaos and school readiness in a group of 130 children attending a Head Start preschool. Cumulative instability/chaos negatively predicted fall school readiness as well as spring school readiness. Parent teaching did not predict fall school readiness but did predict…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Parents as Teachers, School Readiness, Preschool Children
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Denham, Susanne A.; Bassett, Hideko H. – Early Child Development and Care, 2020
As part of a larger longitudinal project on the assessment of preschoolers' social-emotional development, children's social information processing (SIP) responses to unambiguous hypothetical situations of peer provocation were assessed for 239 preschoolers from Head Start and private childcare settings. SIP measurement focused on emotions children…
Descriptors: Social Development, Preschool Children, Self Control, Emotional Development
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Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen; Mischka, Melissa; Sands, Kaitlin – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The present study examined parental guidance of young children's inquiry during joint interactions in the home environment. Half of the parents received inquiry-based guidance instructions, encouraging their children to observe, question, predict, and evaluate; the control group received no information about guidance. Thirty-two families were…
Descriptors: Parents as Teachers, Parent Participation, Guidance, Preschool Children
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