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Costantino-Lane, Tina – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Many recent articles have focused on reading instruction in kindergarten, but few have solicited the beliefs of the experts--kindergarten teachers. This study examined California teachers' perceptions of teaching reading to kindergarten students. Kindergarten teachers from northern to southern California were surveyed (N = 103). Teachers reported…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Young Children
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Costantino-Lane, Tina – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
This article compares developmental kindergartens of the past to current academic kindergartens through the voices of kindergarten teachers who taught in both types. Data were¬†obtained from interviews of ten public school kindergarten teachers from California with experience in kindergarten ranging 18-34¬†years (M = 24). Teachers indicated that…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Young Children
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Miller, Roxanne Greitz; Curwen, Margaret Sauceda; White-Smith, Kimberly A.; Calfee, Robert C. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2015
While the United States' National Research Council (NRC 2012) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS 2013) advocate children's engagement in active science learning, elementary school teachers in the US indicate lack of time to teach science regularly because of (1) school and district pressure to focus on English language arts and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Faculty Development, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers
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Drake, Pamela Marie; Greenspoon, Bayla; Unti, Lisa; Fawcett, Linda K.; Neville-Morgan, Sarah – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2006
Family, friend and neighbor (FFN) child caregivers represent a significant proportion of caregivers for young children. Yet, these caregivers receive little support for their services. In 2003, the First 5 California Children and Families Commission (First 5 California) began a study to determine the work-related needs of FFN caregivers in…
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Young Children, Focus Groups, Interviews
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Britsch, Susan J.; Meier, Daniel R. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1999
Highlights qualitative studies from two preschools that view the framework of literacy use as socially constructed and embedded in social and cultural perspectives and practices of communities. Suggests ways to strengthen early-childhood programs, including greater use of writing and drawing materials readily available, additional orientation to…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Family Involvement