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Xu, Yaoying; Chin, Christopher; Reed, Evelyn; Hutchinson, Cynthia – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a federally funded early literacy project that aimed to promote the school readiness skills of preschool-age children from low income families. Through daily, explicit, and systematic instruction, the project targeted to improve preschoolers' oral language skills, phonological awareness,…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Evaluation, Emergent Literacy
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Huennekens, Mary Ellen; Xu, Yaoying – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a shared reading experience between parent and child in the child's home language on the emergent literacy and language acquisition in English of preschool-age English Language Learners. Parents of Spanish-speaking four-year-old Head Start students read storybooks in Spanish with their…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Books, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Xu, Yaoying; Drame, Elizabeth – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2008
The number of young children whose home language is not English continues to increase every year in the United States. Challenges for English language learners (ELL) involve low academic achievement related to low expectations and inappropriate instruction, and inappropriate assessment instruments or procedures resulting in overrepresentation of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Young Children, Intervention
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Xu, Yaoying – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
Many culturally diverse families and their young children with disabilities or delays are not provided appropriate early intervention/early childhood special education services, especially not in a culturally sensitive and meaningful context. Families with diverse backgrounds often feel helpless and stressful because their values are not…
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Disabilities, Young Children, Early Intervention
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Xu, Yaoying; Filler, John W. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2005
Prematurity and low birth weight (LBW) are two major biological factors that put infants and young children at high risk for developmental delays or disabilities. While survival rates for premature and LBW children have improved, incidence figures have changed little over the past 20 years; in fact, the incidence of LBW has increased. Although the…
Descriptors: Body Weight, Premature Infants, At Risk Persons, Developmental Delays
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Gelfer, Jeffery I.; Xu, Yaoying; Perkins, Peggy G. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2004
One goal of the teacher's professional portfolio is to describe the full range of abilities and document effective teaching over an extended period of time. In this article we discuss the procedure that teachers can use in developing their own portfolio assessment to help generate data for making decisions about teaching performance. The…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Early Childhood Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation