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Martínez-Bello, Vladimir E.; Bernabé-Villodre, María del Mar; Lahuerta-Contell, Sara; Vega-Perona, Herminia; Giménez-Calvo, Mila – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Early childhood education (ECE) teachers have traditionally been trained as generalists. However, there is now a growing awareness of the potential importance of having pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of physical activity opportunities in the ECE curriculum. Furthermore, several scholars argue that movement content knowledge in physical…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Physical Activities, Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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D'Agostino, Sophia R.; Douglas, Sarah N. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are being increasingly included in early childhood settings. As such early childhood teachers need pre-service training to support their knowledge of ASD and preparation to implement evidence-based practices. Mentor teachers and administrators of pre-service clinical sites play an important role in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Mentors
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Cun, Aijuan – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The purpose of this study was to explore the funds of knowledge of two Burmese families and how this knowledge might foster their children's learning in the United States. The data used to inform this article included field notes based on observations, artifacts, and interviews with the parents and children of the families. The findings of this…
Descriptors: Cultural Capital, Family Relationship, Foreign Countries, Early Experience
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Albarracín, Lluís – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
This study presents a teaching experiment in which second-grade primary school students compared a city and a town according to population estimates. The activities were presented to them as Fermi problems and required an analysis of the reality to identify sub-problems that students could deal with. The students' products were analyzed from the…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models
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Ata-Aktürk, Aysun; Demircan, H. Özlen – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
This study examines the development of a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and parent-involved engineering design curriculum for early childhood education and investigates its design principles and contributions to children's STEM-related learning. This research utilized a design-based research methodology broken into…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Parent Participation, Engineering, Design
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Kim, So Jung; Hachey, Alyse C. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Despite the importance of traditional children's literature in children's literacy learning, little is still known about how fairytales can be effectively used for pedagogical purposes to facilitate young children's critical participation in early literacy instruction. The main purpose of this article is to explore the intersection of…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Preschool Children, Critical Literacy, Story Telling
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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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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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Greaves, Morten; Bahous, Rima – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
This Early Childhood Education (ECE) study explores the impact of changing from a teacher-centered to a child-centered curriculum, on the professional perceptions of ECE educators working in a private ECE facility in Lebanon. The researchers conducted two rounds of focus groups and individual interviews to explore the perceptions of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Student Centered Curriculum
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Javorsky, Kristin H.; Moser, Kelly M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
While the demographic diversity of children served in early childhood classrooms continues to grow, world language learning opportunities for English-speaking preschoolers remain a rarity. Efforts to teach world languages in addition to English at the preschool level may be hampered by limited early childhood educator expertise, lack of…
Descriptors: French, Second Language Learning, Language Aptitude, Preschool Education
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Wang, Shiyao; Hou, Yi – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Learning stories have been adopted as a form of assessment in early childhood education worldwide to assess children's learning processes, learning dispositions, and well-being. However, a paucity of research has been done which examines the applicability of learning stories in China. This case study investigated how learning stories are used by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Story Telling, Evaluation Methods
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Cooper, Christen Cupples – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The majority of children aged three to five in the U.S. attend childcare or preschool, where they may consume up to two-thirds of their daily calories and nutrition. Teachers at preschools serving low-income families are responsible for guiding children in their food choices. Feeding style, or caregivers' overall emotional tone and approach at…
Descriptors: Eating Habits, Teaching Styles, Urban Schools, 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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Ramos, Manica F.; Weber, Jennifer; Thompson, Joy A.; Werk, Lloyd; Shuell, Julie; Woods, Kenza; Bamdad, Tiffany – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The aim of this study was to test a training and technical assistance program in early care and education (ECE) center-based programs focused on obesity prevention -- Healthy Way to Grow (HWTG). After completing a self-assessment, ECE programs develop actionable policies to improve the wellness environment. Then, they receive individualized…
Descriptors: Obesity, Health Promotion, Wellness, Early Childhood Education
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Clark, Sarah K.; Judd, Emma; Smith, Leigh K.; Ahlstrom, Emily – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a form of writing instruction designed to teach second-graders to write compare and contrast informational texts. 73% of the participants (N = 45) were White, 22% were Hispanic, 2% were Asian, and 1% were Black, with 63% of the students eligible for free or reduced lunch. 48% of the students were female…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Writing Instruction, Integrated Activities
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