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Dial, Lauren A.; Emley, Elizabeth; Koerten, Hannah R.; Waite, Tabitha C.; Musher-Eizenman, Dara R. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Given the overlap between mindfulness and food neophobia, the current study developed and tested a mindfulness-based intervention to decrease food neophobia in preschoolers. Preschoolers (ages 3-5) participated in 10 sessions of a mindfulness intervention group (n = 27) or a food-exposure control group (n = 25). Children were assessed pre- and…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Preschool Children, Food, Pretests Posttests
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Hill, Thomas M.; Bartow Jacobs, Katrina – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Recent study on gender representation in children's literature has focused on the representations themselves, while there is less research regarding how children talk about these depictions in texts. Our work, a qualitative study of how kindergarten-aged children discuss gender during picture book read-alouds, examined how children drew on the…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Picture Books, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten
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Plotka, Raquel; Wang, Xiao-lei – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Early narrative skills are predictive of later academic success, and caregivers from different cultural backgrounds use different narrative styles when supporting children's expressive language skills. Most recommendations for practice have been derived from observations of caregivers from individualistic cultural backgrounds who typically engage…
Descriptors: Narration, Cultural Background, Preschool Teachers, Skill Development
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Sak, Ramazan – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
This qualitative study examined preschoolers' difficult questions and their teachers' responses to them. Data were gathered via interviews with 324 preschool teachers, who were asked two questions: "Could you please share the questions you have been asked by preschoolers in your classroom that were difficult for you to answer?" and…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Information Seeking
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Inbar-Furst, Hagit; Douglas, Sarah N.; Meadan, Hedda – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Family-centered practices are a hallmark of early intervention (EI). Early intervention service providers are expected to engage in practices that emphasize family strengths, promote family choice and control, and develop collaborative relationships between professionals and families. In 2014 the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Reflection, Feedback (Response), Child Caregivers
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Barratt-Pugh, Caroline; Haig, Yvonne – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
This article describes the needs analysis, implementation and outcomes of a pilot program aimed at creating books with families in ways that represent their language and culture. "Creating Books in Communities" is part of "Better Beginnings," a state-wide program, developed by the State Library of Western Australia, for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Books, Geographic Isolation, Cultural Relevance
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Price-Mohr, Ruth; Price, Colin – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
We report a study where we investigated the effect of low or high phonically-decodable texts on young children learning to read. Two parallel series of 12 instructional reading books were used with 36 children in three schools. These books were purposely created so that each parallel book, in sequence, introduced the same number of new words.…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Decoding (Reading), Reading Materials, Reading Instruction
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Longstreth, Sascha L. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
The purpose of this study was to extend our previous work using the Teaching and Guidance Policy Essentials Checklist (TAGPEC) by examining the extent to which early childhood behavior guidance policies address language and culture and support program practices that promote fairness and equity for all children. Policies previously collected from…
Descriptors: Check Lists, Educational Policy, Equal Education, Preschool Children
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Sandt, Dawn D. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
The use of therapy dogs as an animal-assisted education (AAE) intervention in the early childhood special education classroom (ECSE) is a growing phenomenon. Research reflects the potential of using canines to support the academic and functional performance of young students with disabilities. Using therapy dogs in a classroom setting to support…
Descriptors: Animals, Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Therapy
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Maryam, Bourbour; Sören, Högberg; Gunilla, Lindqvist – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
This study aimed to explore preschool teachers' actions in order to support children's learning processes in a context where an interactive whiteboard (IWB) is used. Five preschool teachers and 22 children aged 4-6 were video observed in 2017 and early spring 2018 over a period of 5 months. The findings of the study revealed 21 scaffolding actions…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Learning Processes, Video Technology, Preschool Teachers
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Taylor, Sheryl V.; Leung, Cynthia B. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
For young children, literacy is multimodal. Visual images, oral language, gestures, numbers, and other signs are intermingled with printed words during language arts activities in preschool and kindergarten. All children, in particular children from multilingual/multicultural backgrounds, draw on the social, cultural, and emotional roles and…
Descriptors: Literacy, Young Children, Interpersonal Relationship, Sociocultural Patterns
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Knauf, Helen – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Pedagogical documentation is practised in early childhood centres all over the world as a means to gauge the learning and development of children. From the point of view of teachers, however, documentation must compete with numerous other tasks. This paper explores the strategies teachers employ in order to integrate documentation into their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Child Care Centers, Early Childhood Education
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Fonsén, Elina; Soukainen, Ulla – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
According to previous research, the leadership in early childhood education (ECE) needs to be strengthened and improved by building sustainable structures. The aim of the current research was to investigate how ECE professionals evaluate its leadership. The context of the study was a development project called Sustainable leadership in ECE…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Human Resources, Labor Force Development
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Tan, Tony Xing; Zhou, Yi; Li, Gen – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Research shows that maternal education influences children's academic performance indirectly through the quality of the home environment. In this study, we tested the role of 12 variables within the home environment (e.g., eating meals together, reading for fun at home, number of children's books, watching TV, and bedtime) to help identify those…
Descriptors: Mothers, Educational Attainment, Parent Child Relationship, Academic Achievement
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Taylor, Meaghan Elizabeth; Boyer, Wanda – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
With a heavy increase in academic expectations and standards to be learned in the early years, educators are facing the challenge of integrating important academic standards into developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children in kindergarten. To meet this challenge, there is a need to become familiar with the role of play in the…
Descriptors: Play, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Teaching Methods, Social Development
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