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DiCarlo, Cynthia F.; Ota, Carrie; Deris, Aaron – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The purpose of the present study was to examine the opportunities kindergarten children in the United States had across different learning contexts (whole group, small group, center time, lunch, recess) to engage in social behavior as defined by the Developing Skills Checklist. Across a 3-year period, the social behaviors of 36 children across 13…
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Educational Environment
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Lafave, Lynne; Webster, Alexis D.; McConnell, Ceilidh – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Government guidelines for relaunching early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs during the COVID-19 pandemic have required the implementation of various practices to minimize the risk of infection transmission. These directives include recommendations regarding serving and handling food, shared spaces, and physical distancing which have a…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Early Childhood Education, Disease Control
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Lohmann, Marla J.; Randolph, Kathleen M.; Oh, Ji Hyun – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way that schools provide instruction to learners and these changes may last for an extended period of time. One current trend is the use of hyflex instruction, which involves teachers providing instruction to students simultaneously in the classroom and online. This form of instruction provides unique challenges…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Blended Learning, Educational Environment, Electronic Learning
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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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DiCarlo, Cynthia F.; Meaux, Ashley B.; LaBiche, Erin H. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Teaching has been identified as the most stressful profession in the human service industry (Greenberg in Teacher stress and heal the effects on teachers, students, and schools, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 2016). Elevated teacher stress not only affects the teacher's well-being…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Stress Variables, Educational Environment, Classroom Environment
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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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Reddy, M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
The school setting, identified as a creative and cost effective way for improving oral health, provides an ideal opportunity for preventing oral diseases in the influential stages of a child's life when lifelong beliefs, attitudes and skills are developed. Although oral health has been included in the Integrated School Health Policy, there is a…
Descriptors: Dental Health, Health Promotion, Prevention, Diseases
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Shoval, Ella; Sharir, Tal; Arnon, Michal; Tenenbaum, Gershon – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
The aim of this study was to test the notion that integrating movement into the learning environment contributes to the academic achievements of kindergarten students. One hundred and sixty 4-6 year-old kindergarten students participated in the study for 145 days, which included pre- and post-intervention tests in language, mathematics, and…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Pretests Posttests, Educational Environment
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La Paro, Karen M.; Gloeckler, Lissy – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
An experience expectable environment in child care classrooms is one in which teachers consistently provide positive and nurturing interactions within daily routines and activities to enhance children's learning. Growing numbers of children are being enrolled in child care at earlier ages and staying for longer periods of time each day which is…
Descriptors: Child Care, Toddlers, Child Care Centers, Educational Quality
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Niklas, Frank; Cohrssen, Caroline; Tayler, Collette – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
Children's cognitive development has a neural basis, yet children's learning is facilitated by interactions with more knowledgeable others. Young children experience such interactions in the context of the home learning environment (HLE), when parents support children's thinking and learning during everyday activities. Consequently, one way to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Family Environment, Educational Environment
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Royer, Nicole; Moreau, Claire – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
The study aims to describe early childhood educators' psychological wellbeing at work in terms of their interpersonal fit, thriving, feeling of competency, perceived recognition and desire for involvement. The study approach draws links between perceptions of autonomy at work and wellbeing. The analysis examines the results of a survey conducted…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Well Being
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Dennis, Lindsay R.; Stockall, Nancy – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2015
Social competence and social communication development can be concurrently supported through intentional thought and planning on the part of the early childhood special educator. In this article, we present suggestions for how teachers can effectively plan for and implement interventions to support these two areas, all within the context of play.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Play, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Communication
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Blank, Jolyn; Damjanovic, Victoria; Peixoto da Silva, Anna Paula; Weber, Susan – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2014
In this multi-case study, we describe early childhood teachers' experiences implementing project work in contemporary, standards-based classrooms. Focus is given to understanding how teachers interpreted work in context; that is, how they were responsive to both expanding professional knowledge about the project approach and to the existing…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Early Childhood Education, Teachers, Teaching Experience
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Phillips, Eva C.; Sturm, Brian W. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2013
This study examines the illustrations and the texts of thirteen picture books for young children on the topic of preparing for and starting kindergarten to assess whether, and to what extent, they depict forty-nine criteria for developmentally appropriate kindergarten practice. Results show that the books vary in quality and coverage, but they are…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Illustrations
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McKie, Brooke K.; Manswell Butty, Jo-Anne; Green, Rodney D. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2012
Researchers have posited that children generally learn to read in environments that are trusting, comfortable, and offer small group or one-to-one adult support, all of which are characteristics of a high quality early childhood education program. This evaluation research study examines the Pre-Kindergarten Incentive Program, an early childhood…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Demonstration Programs, Young Children, Kindergarten