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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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Hong, Seong Bock; Broderick, Jane Tingle; McAuliffe, Cynthia M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
As early childhood educators of young children, we recognize that children draw what they know from cultural transmissions, moving through many developmental transitions with drawing. As children's skills developed, a PreK/Kindergarten teacher in a university laboratory school classroom with 27 children was interested in studying ways children can…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Young Children, Freehand Drawing
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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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Kim, Hwewon; Han, Tae-Im – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
This study examined weight concerns and body dissatisfaction among female kindergarteners and assessed their relationships to body mass index (BMI) and parental, peer, and media influences. A total of 90 girls in South Korea were recruited and two-step cluster analysis was used to examine body image concerns and their association with diverse…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Kindergarten, Females
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Haslip, Michael J.; Donaldson, Leona – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Character strengths improve performance and well-being but are rarely studied among early childhood educators. This qualitative study describes how in-service early childhood educators (n = 17, United States) resolved workplace challenges following a character strength application intervention. During professional development, teachers learned to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Intervention, Professional Development
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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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Cook, Kyle DeMeo; Coley, Rebekah Levine – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Head Start programs engage in multiple practices to support children and families during the transition to kindergarten. Children moving from Head Start to kindergarten often encounter discontinuities between the program and services they were receiving and the new elementary school environment. This paper uses multiple datasets and methods to…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Kindergarten, Young Children, Preschool Children
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de Bruijn, Ymke; Emmen, Rosanneke A. G.; Mesman, Judi – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The present study examined the representation of authors, illustrators, and characters of color in books for young children (6 years old and under) that (1) have won awards, (2) were purchased most often, and (3) were borrowed most often from libraries in the Netherlands from 2009 to 2018. Factors influencing the prominence of characters were…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Books, Young Children, Authors
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Schillinger, Tammy – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
In 2015 an urban school district reported that 84.6% of third graders did not demonstrate proficiency on the Math Standardized Test, which challenges students to solve problems and justify solutions. Since 2006 there has been a negative trend of proficiency levels on the New York State (NYS) Math Exam in third grade. I propose that students may be…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Kindergarten, Grade 3, Preschool Teachers
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Villegas, Elizabeth; Sutter, Carolyn; Koester, Brenda; Fiese, Barbara H. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
With increasing rates of childhood obesity in the United States, it is important to develop effective curricula that helps children learn and practice healthy habits. Given the large percentage of children who spend time in away-from-home care, childcare centers are opportune contexts to implement such curricula. We sought insight from 35 teachers…
Descriptors: Barriers, Health Education, Health Behavior, Habit Formation
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Lund, Emily M.; Durán, Lillian K.; Corr, Catherine P. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Parents of young children with disabilities may experience high levels of stress and psychological distress that may put them at higher risk for experiencing suicidality. Thus, early childhood home visitors (e.g., professionals who work for home-based early intervention programs) may serve as important gatekeepers for identifying and referring…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Stress Variables, Suicide, Young Children
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Inbar-Furst, Hagit; Douglas, Sarah N.; Meadan, Hedda – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Family-centered practices are a hallmark of early intervention (EI). Early intervention service providers are expected to engage in practices that emphasize family strengths, promote family choice and control, and develop collaborative relationships between professionals and families. In 2014 the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Reflection, Feedback (Response), Child Caregivers
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Barratt-Pugh, Caroline; Haig, Yvonne – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
This article describes the needs analysis, implementation and outcomes of a pilot program aimed at creating books with families in ways that represent their language and culture. "Creating Books in Communities" is part of "Better Beginnings," a state-wide program, developed by the State Library of Western Australia, for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Books, Geographic Isolation, Cultural Relevance
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Taylor, Sheryl V.; Leung, Cynthia B. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
For young children, literacy is multimodal. Visual images, oral language, gestures, numbers, and other signs are intermingled with printed words during language arts activities in preschool and kindergarten. All children, in particular children from multilingual/multicultural backgrounds, draw on the social, cultural, and emotional roles and…
Descriptors: Literacy, Young Children, Interpersonal Relationship, Sociocultural Patterns
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Steed, Elizabeth A.; Shapland, Dorothy – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
This conceptual article describes key considerations for elementary school personnel to ensure social emotional multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS) are adapted for kindergarten classrooms. Kindergarten represents a unique developmental period of early childhood when 5 to 6-year-old children transition into formal schooling and experience a…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Young Children, Kindergarten
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