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Obee, Patricia; Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Gerlach, Alison; Harper, Nevin J. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Risky play is defined as thrilling and challenging forms of play that have the potential for physical injury and has been linked to developmental and health benefits for children in the early years. Currently, in Western contexts, children's opportunities for risky play is decreasing. Social factors such as practitioner and parental attitudes and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Risk, Young Children
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Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Kleppe, Rasmus; Sando, Ole Johan – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Research on children's risky play and young children's risk taking is a relatively new research area that has drawn the attention of many researchers in the last decades. Nevertheless, to our knowledge, no earlier studies have measured the prevalence of risky play when children can freely choose what to play, with whom, and where. Most research on…
Descriptors: Incidence, Risk, Play, Child Behavior
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Lundy, Allison; Trawick-Smith, Jeffrey – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Physical activity--including outdoor motor play--has been associated with learning and brain-related functions and abilities in elementary school children and adolescence. Few studies have been conducted on the relationships between active play and these cognitive processes in preschool aged children. Several investigations have revealed that…
Descriptors: Play, Outdoor Education, Physical Activities, Motor Development
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Sturdivant, Toni Denese; Alanis, Iliana – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Despite calls for an increase in diversity and equity in early childhood classrooms, preschool teachers sometimes struggle to effectively address race in their classrooms, leaving young children to try to make sense of it themselves. Therefore, in this qualitative study, researchers examined how race issues were manifested in the play of young…
Descriptors: African American Students, Females, Preschool Children, Racial Attitudes
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Jin, Meilan; Moran, Mary Jane – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Many researchers have investigated the cooperative problem solving (CPS) of children during play; however, there is a lack of studies focused on teachers' beliefs about how to support the development of children's CPS in classrooms. This study aims to investigate the pedagogical beliefs of Chinese (n = 3) and US (n = 3) teachers about the CPS of…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Play, Cooperative Learning, Teacher Attitudes
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Connelly, Judy-Ann; Manningham, Suzanne; Champagne, Manon – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Outdoor time is a positive correlate of physical activity in preschoolers; however, children remain highly sedentary even outdoors. This cross-sectional study thus aimed (1) to measure the physical activity levels of 30 preschool-aged children attending a centre-based childcare centre in a remote region located in Northwestern Québec (Canada) and…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Child Care Centers, Physical Activity Level, Play
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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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Bahlmann Bollinger, Chelsey M.; Myers, Joy K. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Few studies connect teachers' intentionality with children's writing in play-based contexts. Thus, the goal of this study (n = 5) was to examine how the use of stations and intentional teaching encouraged writing in two preschool classrooms. Interviews with the preschool director and classroom teachers as well as observations of the children…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers
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Nasiopoulou, Panagiota – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
This study aims to explore profiles of preschool teachers' intentions when they divide the children into subgroups. Interactionist perspectives, Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory, and a pedagogical perspective on preschool quality provide the foundation for the study's theoretical framework. By applying a person-centered analytical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Intention, Grouping (Instructional Purposes)
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MacDonald, Amy; Huser, Carmen; Sikder, Shukla; Danaia, Lena – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
This article reports findings from a two-year independent evaluation of the "Little Scientists" program; a program providing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professional development for early childhood educators across Australia. This article reports on the qualitative data gathered with educators to illustrate…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, STEM Education, Faculty Development, Early Childhood Teachers
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Pieng, Patrick; Okamoto, Yukari – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
The present study investigated if preschool children's intention understanding could predict their use of other-oriented conflict resolution strategies. Participants were 30 preschool children (13 girls, M[subscsript age] = 4.46 years, SD = 0.73, range: 3.21-5.50 years). The children were observed for their conflict resolution strategies during…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Intention, Conflict Resolution, Predictor Variables
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Flint, Tori K. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
This qualitative, 8-month study analyzed first-grade children's playful responses to literature in the classroom context. The broad purpose of this research was to investigate the ways that children construct meaning as they respond to literature through play as a form of reader response. The findings presented in this paper highlight the ways the…
Descriptors: Reflection, Critical Thinking, Play, Classroom Environment
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Rentzou, Konstantina; Slutsky, Ruslan; Tuul, Maire; Gol-Guven, Mine; Kragh-Müller, Grethe; Foerch, Daniela Fenu; Paz-Albo, Jesús – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Increased emphasis on academics has led to play becoming a controversial and topical issue in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Although play has been extensively researched we still lack consensus on what play is and how play is actually implemented and used in ECEC classrooms. The present cross-cultural study aims at…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Correlation, Play
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Baker, Megina – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
An increase in the Dual Language Learner (DLL) population has led to a critical need for early childhood educators to understand how to best serve DLL children and their families. This article describes a qualitative multiple-case study that investigated specific teaching practices for DLLs in six community-nominated exemplary preschool classrooms…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Teaching Methods, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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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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