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Fenech, Marianne; Lotz, Mianna – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
Dominant constructions of professionalism in early childhood education can diminish early childhood teachers' and educators' undertaking of advocacy at the systems or political level. In this paper, we propose an ethically grounded construction of professionalism that provides space for professional practice to move beyond the classroom and into…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Early Childhood Education, Professionalism, Ethics
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Li, Xia; Liu, Song; DeBey, Mary; McFadden, Karen; Pan, Yue-Juan – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
In China, preschool curriculum has undergone reform and profound changes. Much remains unknown, however, regarding preschool teachers' teaching beliefs after 30 years of curriculum reform and adaptation. This study aimed to address the issue and investigate teachers' beliefs concerning teaching mathematics. Twelve preschool teachers in China…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Peterson, Shelley Stagg; Madsen, Audrey; San Miguel, Jayson; Jang, Soon Young – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
Ten teachers in kindergarten and grade one classrooms in remote northern Canadian Ojibway communities, and two consultants from a First Nations Student Success Program participated in focus group discussions about the place of rough and tumble and superhero play, and teachers' roles in preventing relational and physically aggressive play in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten
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Sahin-Sak, Ikbal Tuba; Sak, Ramazan; Tezel-Sahin, Fatma – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
This survey-based quantitative study investigates 310 Turkish preschool teachers' views about classroom management, using the following six models of disciplinary strategy: behavioral change theory, Dreikurs' social discipline model, Canter's assertive discipline model, the Glasser model of discipline, Kounin's model, and Gordon's teacher…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Classroom Techniques
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Yelland, Nicola J.; Leung, Wai Man Vivienne – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
In this paper we outline the provision of pre-primary education in the Hong Kong SAR and discuss how the educational reform initiatives of 2000 (Learning to Learn) and global imperatives provided the impetus to reshape a new educational approach to early childhood education. We use the example of a half-day pre-primary (kindergarten) programme to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Educational Change, Lifelong Learning
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Bateman, Amanda – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
This article discusses how children in New Zealand make meaning in their spontaneous pretend play from kindergarten (four years old) through to their first year of primary school (five years old). The findings discussed here are taken from a wider project investigating children's storytelling where 12 child participants were video recorded during…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students, Kindergarten
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Van Laere, Katrien; Vandenbroeck, Michel – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
It is generally accepted that Early Childhood Education and Care should adopt a holistic view on education, in which education and care are inseparable concepts. Perspectives of staff members themselves are, however, often absent in these educare debates. We conducted six video-elicited focus groups with various preschool staff members (n = 69) in…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, Teacher Attitudes
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Sollars, Valerie – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2017
This exploratory study was conducted amongst 518 families using early years facilities within the Maltese context. Although availability of early years services, especially for the under-threes has increased substantially, there is a lack of research documenting who uses these services; parents' perceptions and expectations about such services;…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Expectation, Early Childhood Education
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Qi, Xiaofei; Melhuish, Edward C. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2017
This paper reviews the development of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in China. The historical context from 1900 is summarised, and then developments from the 1980s up to the present kindergarten expansion movement, starting in 2010, are covered in detail. The review shows that ECEC development in China has undergone great changes both…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Public Policy, Kindergarten
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Puskás, Tünde – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2017
This paper examines the strategies monolingual teachers use to scaffold meaning and encourage and enhance verbal communication with emergent bilingual children in a Swedish mainstream preschool. The study is based on ethnographic fieldwork in a preschool group in which seven of twelve children spoke Swedish as their second, additional language.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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Söderström, Åsa; Löfdahl Hultman, Annica – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2017
This article deals with experiences from an action learning project against bullying and degrading treatment among nine Swedish preschools. Even though definitions of bullying and degrading treatment tend to lead to thoughts of school-age children rather than preschoolers, previous research shows that bullying occurs in preschool as well. Our data…
Descriptors: Bullying, Preschool Education, Prevention, Foreign Countries
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Hall-Kenyon, Kendra M.; Rosborough, Alessandro A. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2017
Early childhood advocates agree that positive teacher-child relationships are critical to classroom quality. Much research has emphasized quantifiable teacher characteristics and child outcomes without fully capturing the complexity of these relationships. Drawing on extensive classroom observations, two video-recorded free play sessions and…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, Play
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Zhang, Qilong – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2017
This study compares the stances of practitioners, parents and the quality assurance authority on the assessment of learning in New Zealand (NZ) early childhood education (ECE). The phenomenographic interview participants include practitioners (24) and parents (11) from 11 ECE settings. The reports issued by the Education Review Office (ERO) on all…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Early Childhood Education
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Koivula, Merja; Hännikäinen, Maritta – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2017
This study examines the process through which children build a sense of community in small groups in a day care centre. The study asks the following: how does children's sense of community develop, and what are its key features? Data were collected by applying ethnographic methods in a group of three- to five-year-old children over eleven months.…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Sense of Community, Small Group Instruction, Child Care Centers
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Tesar, Marek; Pupala, Branislav; Kascak, Ondrej; Arndt, Sonja – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2017
This article examines Slovak early years teachers' concerns with conceptions of teacher professionalism. It suggests that there is a mismatch between understandings of professionalism, policy aspirations and the attitudes of teachers to their own professionalism, and that this mismatch fuels early years teachers' sense of agency. These tensions…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Preschool Teachers, Professional Identity, Standards
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