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Elek, Catriona; Gray, Sarah; West, Sue; Goldfeld, Sharon – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2022
The years from birth to five are critical for building the emergent literacy skills that precede learning to read and write. Early childhood education and care services are in a unique position to support emergent literacy development, particularly for children in socio-economically disadvantaged communities. This article reports the findings of a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Emergent Literacy, Skill Development, Reading Skills
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Yodogawa, Yumi; Nozawa, Sachiko; Akita, Kiyomi – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2022
The Early Childhood Education Quality (ECEQ) initiative is a pioneering approach toward supporting ongoing, self-organized professional development in the private kindergarten sector in Japan. The purpose of this study is to examine how kindergarten teachers and ECEQ coordinators experience this approach and view the ECEQ process. Online…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Private Schools, Faculty Development
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Luo, Wenwei; Berson, Ilene R.; Berson, Michael J. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2022
In the midst of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, the virtual home visit became a key strategy among China's multiple approaches to ensure children's continuity of learning, sustain teacher-parent-child relationships, and promote home-preschool collaboration. In this study, using a small stories research narrative paradigm to analyze documented…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, Preschool Education
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Gao, Jie; Xu, Yuwei; Kitto, Eleanor; Bradford, Helen; Brooks, Clare – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2022
As increasingly more Chinese kindergarten teachers attend continuing professional development (CPD) based on pedagogies of international early childhood education and care (ECEC), it is imperative to explore how to address the well-documented rhetoric/practice dissonance that teachers fail to enact what they learn from CPD to enhance their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Faculty Development
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Wong, Jessie Ming Sin – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2022
A long-neglected sector in education, early childhood education (ECE) in Hong Kong has generated much attention in recent years following the government's heavy promotion as laying the foundation for lifelong learning and all-round development. Enhancing 'teacher professionalism' by raising qualifications and remuneration is seen as a vehicle to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Early Childhood Teachers, Professionalism, Foreign Countries
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Li, Liang; Fleer, Marilyn; Yang, Ning – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2022
Research has suggested that system-wide professional development needs to embrace ongoing and sustainable processes such as critical reflection, being within a community of practice and the co-creation of new practices within and across early childhood systems. However, there is little research on how professional development can be designed in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers
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Fan, Xin; Nyland, Chris; Nyland, Berenice; Li, Minyi – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2022
Accepting that building a substantial preschool workforce can accelerate a nation's transition to a knowledge society, China's policy makers in 2010 announced that the size, qualifications and remuneration of the preschool teacher workforce would increase significantly by 2020. A body of literature has reported that the implementation of this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Labor Force Development
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Nuttall, Joce; Grieshaber, Susan; Lim, Sirene; Eunju, Yun; Jooeun, Oh; Hyojin, Ahn; Sum, Chee Wah; Yang, Weipeng; Soojung, Kim – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2022
This paper explores the relationship between workforce competence, migration, and quality improvement in the Asia-Pacific through analysis of Early Childhood Education (ECE) policy texts from three East Asia Summit countries. Content (word level) analysis of salient policy texts was undertaken to address two questions: How are culture and…
Descriptors: Diversity (Institutional), Work Environment, Labor Force, Cultural Pluralism
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Westberg, Johannes – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2021
The physical environment in early childhood education and care is crucial. This paper examines the Swedish government's vision of preschool design in the welfare state of the 1970s and the conceptions of children and society upon which it was based. Presenting an investigation of reports, booklets, and study materials published by various branches…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Environment, Preschool Education, Educational Facilities Design
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Gehret, Hannah; Cooke, Emma; Staton, Sally; Irvine, Susan; Thorpe, Karen – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2021
The international quality-improvement agenda for Early Childhood Education (ECE) directs attention to maximising children's learning experiences. Yet routines, and particularly those relating to sleep-rest provision, are not well conceptualised as learning opportunities. Often children who no longer sleep in the daytime are required to lie down…
Descriptors: Sleep, Childrens Attitudes, Preschool Children, Early Childhood Education
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Nolan, Andrea; Kilderry, Anna; Chu, Celine – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2021
Research highlights the importance of seamless transitions between early childhood services and schools to ensure a positive start to school for young children. Drawing on an ecological model of transition where positive outcomes for children depend on the relationships formed between key players in their transition, this paper examines…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interprofessional Relationship, Elementary School Teachers, Student Adjustment
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Boardman, Karen; Levy, Rachael – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2021
This paper outlines the findings of an empirical research study exploring how Early Years Educators (EYEs) support under-threes with their early reading development in England. The data were collected through a mixed methodological approach of an initial survey, five semi-structured interviews and four reflective Zines to explore the experiences…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Emergent Literacy
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Dong, Chuanmei; Mertala, Pekka – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2021
With the ever-diversifying digital landscape of the 21st century, terms such as 'information and communication technologies' (ICT), 'digital media' and 'technologies' are often used to refer to a broad set of digital devices and applications. However, the use of these umbrella-concepts in educational contexts has caused issues when used in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, College Seniors
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MacDonald, Amy; Murphy, Steve – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2021
There is growing international research evidence about young children's engagement with mathematics education. However, much of this evidence is drawn from children aged four years and upwards. This paper reports findings from a systematic review of peer-reviewed research concerning mathematics education for children aged "under" four.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Mathematics Skills
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Jensen, Hanne; Pyle, Angela; Alaca, Betül; Fesseha, Ellen – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2021
Guided play, a balanced approach to involvement in play that includes child- and adult-direction in learning activities, holds great promise for children's effective and engaged learning in education. Recent studies in laboratory settings show benefits for academic and socio-emotional outcomes, while retaining a focus on child-centred exploration.…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Teacher Role, Cultural Differences
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