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Archambault, Judith; Côté, Dominique; Raynault, Marie-France – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) can have substantial beneficial effects on overall child development and educational success for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Unfortunately, it is well documented that they are underrepresented in quality ECEC programs. In order to improve access to quality ECEC, it is important to understand…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Child Development, Disadvantaged Youth
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Sokal, Laura – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
While the importance of secure relationships between children and caregivers has been well established in the literature as an essential feature of healthy child development, the influence of animal-human relationships on healthy development and attachment is also beginning to gain attention. A burgeoning literature supports the developmental and…
Descriptors: Child Care Centers, Animals, Risk, Child Development
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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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Keller-Margulis, Milena A.; Dempsey, Allison G. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
The primary objective of this study was to describe cognitive and pre-academic skills of children born preterm (< 30 weeks gestational age) at preschool age. A secondary objective was to relate cognitive functioning at preschool age to developmental scores obtained using the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development-Third Edition (Bayley…
Descriptors: Premature Infants, Preschool Children, Cognitive Ability, Scores
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Matthews, Elizabeth; Lippman, Peter C. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
The impacts of high-quality early childhood education on children's health and development are legion and far-reaching. Historically, efforts to improve quality have targeted the social and curricular aspects of early childhood programs. The physical setting of schools has received less attention, despite the vast body of research over the past…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Child Development, Learning, Early Childhood Education
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Dashti, Fatimah A.; Habeeb, Kawthar M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
There is much debate over the potential impact of the iPad and similar technologies when applied to classroom activities. Some view such resources as distractions that impede collaboration and mutual focus among students, while others see them as resources whose natural appeal to children makes them useful in facilitating cooperative activities…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Freehand Drawing, Computer Oriented Programs, Kindergarten
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Mata-McMahon, Jennifer; Haslip, Michael J.; Schein, Deborah L. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Even though interest in children's spirituality has increased in the past decade, there still remains a lack of consensus among scholars as to how it is defined. Likewise, little is known about how educators understand children's spirituality. This study examines how 33 early childhood educators, working in secular educational settings, understand…
Descriptors: Child Development, Spiritual Development, Early Childhood Teachers, Young Children
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Knauf, Helen – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Although children's physical environments play an important role in their development, there have been few empirical studies on the interior design of early childhood centres. This is partly due to a lack of adequate methods and instruments for the systematic spatial investigation of educational environments. In light of this, the following paper…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Visual Stimuli, Preschool Children
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Hanika, Leslie; Boyer, Wanda – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
The authors of this study examined the relationship between motor imitation behaviors and social communication behaviors in 15-18-month-old infants, using a quantitative correlational research design. Imitation behaviors have been shown to be an index of later social cognition and language development, and a critical mechanism in language learning…
Descriptors: Imitation, Infants, Motor Reactions, Infant Behavior
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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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Keung, Chrysa Pui Chi; Cheung, Alan Chi Keung – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Using a holistic support framework, this study investigated teachers' conceptions of effective play-based learning development and how their perceptions of its effectiveness related to whole-child development. Data were collected from a mixed method study. A total of 286 questionnaires from 50 Hong Kong kindergartens were collected and then 29…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Play, Kindergarten, Teacher Attitudes
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Erkel, Meghan K.; Abregu del Pino, Vicky F.; Bayer, Angela M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Peruvian children's sub-optimal results on international and national assessments underscore the need for enhanced investments in early childhood development (ECD) such as shared reading between caregivers and young children. We conducted a qualitative study with 13 mothers of young children ages 11-25 months old that: used focus groups to explore…
Descriptors: Literacy, Story Reading, Child Development, Parent Child Relationship
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de Waal, Elna – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Fundamental movement skills (FMS) are foundational and therefore play an important role in the overall development, sport-specific skills, and academic achievement of children. The aim of the study was to determine if a correlation exists between FMS and the academic performance of 5- to 6-year-old preschoolers. An empirical study including one…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Preschool Children, Correlation, Screening Tests
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Miller, Michele M.; Kehl, LeAnna M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
As the pressure to succeed academically is imposed on children earlier than ever before, it is essential to understand what characteristics are most important to parents and teachers in order to be school ready. While formally readiness is typically measured using chronological age and mastery of cognitive skills, it also involves physical,…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, School Readiness, Preschool Children
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Schachter, Rachel E.; Gerde, Hope K.; Hatton-Bowers, Holly – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Engaging teachers of young children in effective in-service professional development is a critical component of establishing high quality early childhood education. However, not all professional development offerings are effective in imparting new knowledge, enhancing teacher practice, or improving child outcomes, making it difficult for teachers…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Child Development
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