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Schachter, Rachel E.; Strang, Tara M.; Piasta, Shayne B. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This study used an embedded mixed method design to examine teachers' experiences with a state-mandated kindergarten readiness assessment during its inaugural year. Participants were 143 kindergarten teachers from one county in a Midwestern state. In general, teachers did not perceive the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment as useful for one of its…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, School Readiness
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Degotardi, Sheila; Gill, Amy – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This study examined infant educators' beliefs about infant language development in the context of early childhood classrooms. Participants were 59 educators who were employed to work directly with under-two-year-old children. Educators were interviewed to determine their understandings of infant language development and Grounded Theory qualitative…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Grounded Theory, Language Acquisition, Preschool Education
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Hayes, Nóirín; O'Neill, Sandra – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
The Strengthening Foundations of Learning (SFL) project is an early years CPD intervention and part of the wider Preparing for Life (PFL) Initiative in an area of urban disadvantage in Dublin, Ireland. Working within the context of the "Aistear" curriculum framework, and building on research evidence on the importance of practitioners to…
Descriptors: Intervention, Preschool Education, Foreign Countries, Urban Areas
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Cherrington, Sue; Dalli, Carmen – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
For more than 20 years, the New Zealand early childhood (EC) sector has had guidance about how to deal with situations of ethical difficulty in daily practice through the ECE Code of Ethics. This paper reports on three surveys undertaken at 10-year intervals that sought to understand EC educators' experiences of such situations, and how they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Ethics
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Einarsdottir, Johanna; Jónsdóttir, Arna H. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This study aims to examine the meaning-making of parents in five Icelandic preschools concerning the collaboration between preschools and families. Further, the perspectives of educators on the views of the parents were also sought. The theoretical background was Moss's ideas of democratic early childhood education and MacNaughton's ideas of power…
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
Drawing on kindergarten teachers' and University departments' reactions to the Greek government's initiative to adopt an integrated Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) system, the present study aimed to explore how various ECEC professional groups working in the two main preschool programs operating in Greece define different aspects…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Hu, Jiangbo; Torr, Jane; Degotardi, Sheila; Han, Feifei – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This study investigated the manner in which 56 infant educators used language to direct the behaviour of infants (defined as children aged birth to two years), on the basis that the ways in which educators frame their commands represent an important component of young children's learning experiences. Underpinned by systemic functional linguistic…
Descriptors: Infants, Infant Behavior, Preschool Teachers, Language Acquisition
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Mikuska, Éva; Raffai, Judit – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
Vojvodina is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in Europe where, according to the latest census in 2011, Hungarians are the largest non-Serb national minority group. In recent decades, this northern province of Serbia has faced continuous depopulation, forcing schools and nurseries to face an uncertain future. We argue that despite the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Minority Groups, Civil Rights, Social Bias
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Ülavere, Pärje; Veisson, Marika – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
The objective of this study was to analyse assessments made by principals, teachers and parents regarding the performance of values education in Estonian kindergartens. Six fields of activity were investigated: formulating and explaining values, promoting values, having a systematic approach towards values education, kindergarten culture,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Preschool Teachers
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Sollars, Valerie – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
Despite the existence of early childhood education (ECE) settings since the mid 19th century and a substantial increase in the availability and accessibility of services over the last four decades, ECE in Malta still struggles to find its voice. Its introduction and development has been marked by erratic progress. The colonial heritage, the Roman…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Access to Education, Educational History
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Stojanovic, Aleksandar; Kovacevic, Zorica; Bogavac, Dragana – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
The aim of the article is to contribute to research on the history of early childhood education in Serbia and to advance understanding of neoliberal influences in this region. The article covers the key events that have changed educational practices in Serbia over a period of 150 years. This article offers an overview of the history of preschool…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Neoliberalism, Educational History
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Guerra, Paula; Figueroa, Ignacio – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
In early childhood education, teacher professional development is crucial due to the impact of teachers on children's learning. This study presents the experience of action-research included in a teacher professional development program focused on improving pedagogical interaction from a sociocultural perspective. From 2012 to 2015, three cohorts…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
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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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