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Kirnan, Jean; Ventresco, Nina E.; Gardner, Thomas – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
An initiative in which therapy dogs were integrated into a school-wide reading curriculum was analyzed to determine the effect on student reading in the program's second year. Prior research on the first year of this specific program (Kirnan et al. in "Early Child Educ J" 44(6):637-651) demonstrated improvement in reading scores only for…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, English Language Learners, Elementary School Students, Kindergarten
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Mohr, Kathleen A. J.; Juth, Stephanie M.; Kohlmeier, Theresa L.; Schreiber, Kayleen E. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
The field of neuroscience is now providing research findings about how the bilingual brain functions that can be used to promote richer and more successful dual-language development. This article summarizes recent research, then provides practical applications for parents and teachers of emergent bilinguals. Key understandings about how the brain…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Brain, Bilingual Students, Neurosciences
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Leavy, Aisling; Hourigan, Mairead – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
Growing awareness of the importance of education in the early years has led professional organizations and policy makers to consider the effectiveness of mathematics education for young children. Factors such as educational environments, early years curricula and teacher education are some of the many aspects that have been examined. This paper…
Descriptors: Young Children, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Fraivillig, Judith L. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
Understanding place value is a critical and foundational competency for elementary mathematics. Classroom teachers who endeavor to promote place-value development adopt a variety of established practices to varying degrees of effectiveness. In parallel, researchers have validated models of how young children acquire place-value understanding.…
Descriptors: Number Concepts, Computation, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Lisenbee, Peggy S.; Ford, Carol M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
Traditional and digital storytelling is a powerful literacy tool which engage students in making connections between pedagogy and academic content. Definitions of traditional and digital storytelling, pedagogical methods aligned with curriculum standards, and examples of literacy centers associated with storytelling in early childhood classrooms…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education, Definitions
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Polly, Drew; Wang, Chuang; Martin, Christie; Lambert, Richard; Pugalee, David; Middleton, Catherina – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
This study examined the influence of a professional development project about an internet-based mathematics formative assessment tool and related pedagogies on primary teachers' instruction and student achievement. Teachers participated in 72 h of professional development during the year. Descriptive statistics and multivariate analyses of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Faculty Development, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Jasmin, Emmanuelle; Gauthier, Anne; Julien, Marjorie; Hui, Caroline – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
This paper presents a synthesis of current knowledge about occupational therapy in preschools (for 3-6 year olds) in order to provide a better understanding of this field of practice and to guide the implementation or programming of this service. In the literature, occupational therapy in preschools has been documented mainly in the USA. Results…
Descriptors: Occupational Therapy, Preschool Children, Outcomes of Treatment, Response to Intervention
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Habók, Anita; Babarczy, Anna – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
The paper discusses children' attitudes towards school and learning soon after entering primary school in Hungary. First and second grade primary school students (N = 33) were interviewed. The interviews explored the following questions: What are the teachers' and the children's roles in the classroom? What is learning? Where do children learn?…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Attitudes
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Ilari, Beatriz – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
This article examines everyday musical practices and their connections to young children's learning and development, in and through music. It begins with a discussion of music learning in early childhood as a form of participation and levels of intention in learning. Next, conceptions of child that have dominated early childhood music education…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Music Education, Early Childhood Education, Student Participation
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Allar, Ishonté; Jones, Emily; Bulger, Sean – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
Quality teacher-child interactions are characteristic of effective classrooms resulting in benefits for all children, but may be particularly important for children from low-income families. The purpose of this study was to explore the perception of Illinois Head Start teachers related to how "I am Moving, I am Learning" (IMIL) could…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Instructional Effectiveness
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Ebbeck, Marjory; Warrier, Sheela; Goh, Mandy – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
The paper discusses some research findings in Singapore that investigated if a relationships-based curriculum extended the active involvement of the infants, toddlers, and young children (up to the age of three) in their learning. Using a relationships-based curriculum, a study conducted over a year involved the use of a well-tested, traditional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Infants, Toddlers, Young Children
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Schmitt, Sara A.; Lewis, Kendra M.; Duncan, Robert J.; Korucu, Irem; Napoli, Amy R. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
Children from low-income families are at greater risk for poor social-emotional development and physical health and may be in need of intervention. This study examined the extent to which the "Positive Action" ("PA") preschool lessons improved low-income children's social-emotional competence and health behaviors. Mixed…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Health Behavior, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Pyle, Angela; Prioletta, Jessica; Poliszczuk, Daniel – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
The increasing accountability framework in Kindergarten education has put pressure on teachers to ensure that students reach certain literacy milestones before proceeding to the subsequent grade. One result of this shift is a tension between an emphasis on academic learning and the use of developmentally appropriate practices, such as play.…
Descriptors: Play, Kindergarten, School Schedules, Literacy
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Bennett, Susan V.; Gunn, AnnMarie Alberton; Gayle-Evans, Guda; Barrera, Estanislado S.; Leung, Cynthia B. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
Early childhood educators continue to see an increase in their culturally diverse student population. As our country continues to grow as a multicultural nation, it is imperative that our early childhood classrooms embrace this rich diversity and provide experiences that affirm all students, families and communities. We (teacher educators)…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Preschool Teachers, Family Involvement
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Hungi, Njora; Njagi, Joan; Wekulo, Patricia; Ngware, Moses – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
This study investigates the relationship between the language of instruction and learning of literacy skills among pre-primary school children in a multilingual environment. The sample consists of 1867 learners from low-income urban households, attending 147 low-cost private pre-primary schools located in low-income areas of Nairobi, Kenya. About…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Language of Instruction, Literacy Education
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