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Jónsdóttir, Arna H.; Coleman, Marianne – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
In this article, we explore the reality of Icelandic preschool teachers who are, as in most other countries, predominantly female. The gendered nature of the role and the current identity adopted by preschool teachers appear to impact on their perceived status and professionalism. In this process, stakeholders in early childhood education (ECE),…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries, Teacher Role
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Hu, Jiangbo; Torr, Jane; Whiteman, Peter – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
This study investigated five Australian early childhood educators' negotiation of the complex terrain of working in partnership with Chinese parents regarding their children's language usage in early childhood settings. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken to explore educators' views on children's language usage in early childhood settings,…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Family Environment, Chinese, English (Second Language)
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Emilson, Anette; Pramling Samuelsson, Ingrid – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
The aim of this study is to investigate communication between preschool teachers and children in documentation situations. The focus is also on what preschool teachers actually document. The research questions are: What characterizes the communication between teachers and children when these teachers are documenting at the same time? What is the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Interpersonal Communication, Teacher Student Relationship
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Birbili, Maria; Tzioga, Katerina – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
Collaborating with parents in documenting and reflecting on children's learning is important not only because it provides teachers with richer and more accurate information but also because it helps parents understand the role assessment can play in student learning and motivation. Moreover, when parents are provided with opportunities to observe,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Student Evaluation, Documentation
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Miller, Melinda G. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
This article examines how documentation concealed racialising practices in a diversity project that was seen to be productive and inclusive. Documentation examples are taken from a doctoral study about embedding Indigenous perspectives in early childhood education curricula in two Australian urban childcare centres. In place of reporting examples…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Documentation, Racial Bias, Indigenous Populations
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Rintakorpi, Kati; Lipponen, Lasse; Reunamo, Jyrki – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in pedagogical documentation and the way in which it can be applied to advance pedagogical practices in early childhood education. This study is a case analysis which focuses on the transition phase from home to kindergarten of a toddler, Leo, and his family. Documentation was performed by the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Documentation, Toddlers
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Basford, Jo; Bath, Caroline – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
Assessment and the documentation of learning is an international issue in early childhood education (ECE) and has increasingly become a way for governments to exercise direct control over the practitioners working with young children. This paper details recent statutory guidance about assessment and documentation for English ECE settings and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Educational Policy, Educational Assessment
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Picchio, Mariacristina; Di Giandomenico, Isabella; Musatti, Tullia – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
Pedagogical documentation is a practice currently used in Italian early childhood education and care (ECEC) services to make visible children's learning processes in ECEC, to promote parents' participation and to support professionals' reflexive competences. These functions of pedagogical documentation have been enhanced within a system of…
Descriptors: Documentation, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Program Evaluation
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Kalliala, Marjatta – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
In recent decades, the notion of the competent child has, in the field of Early Childhood Education, become a powerful discourse. In this paradigm, inspired by the sociology of childhood, the child is seen as a competent social actor having agency in his or her life. However, critical comments have been made at both the micro-and macro-level about…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Toddlers, Competence, Child Care Centers
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Kultti, Anne – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
This paper reports on a study which explores how routine activities in preschool can support young multilingual children's participation, communication and development of languages. The paper takes as its starting point the idea that young children's development takes place through interaction and participation, including in routine activities.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Second Language Learning, Multilingualism
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Reunamo, Jyrki; Hakala, Liisa; Saros, Leila; Lehto, Satu; Kyhälä, Anna-Liisa; Valtonen, Juha – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
The purpose of the study was to investigate the dynamics of physical activity (PA) in day care and preschool. The participants were 823 Finnish 1-7-year-old children from 50 day care centres and preschools. The research methods were systematic observation, evaluation of children's skills and interviews with children. Altogether 18,366 observations…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Child Care Centers, Interviews
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Wu, Shu Chen – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
This study examines the practical and conceptual dimensions of children's play in German and Hong Kong Chinese kindergartens. German ("n"?=?24) and Chinese ("n"?=?24) children (3-6 years) were randomly selected and videotaped during their free play for 5?min continuously on five consecutive days. Play behavior was analyzed by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Video Technology, Play
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Lane, Cristianne; Prokop, Mary Jo Surges; Johnson, Evelyn; Podhajski, Blanche; Nathan, Jane – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a professional learning program on the emergent literacy skills of preschool children. Building Blocks for Literacy® is a program consisting of training supported by mentoring designed to teach early childcare providers how to promote the development of early literacy skills. A previous…
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Preschool Teachers, Literacy Education, Emergent Literacy
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Kellar-Guenther, Yvonne; Rosenberg, Steven A.; Block, Stephen R.; Robinson, Cordelia C. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
This study compared levels of parent involvement in early intervention services for children under three which were delivered in community settings (children's homes and child care programs) and specialized settings (early intervention centers and provider offices) in the USA. Respondents reported the highest levels of parental involvement in the…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Early Intervention, Young Children, Context Effect
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Aubrey, Carol; Dahl, Sarah – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2014
A review of evidence on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the early years was commissioned by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency. Views of practitioners, parents and children were obtained and practitioner ICT audits completed. Most young children grow up in media-rich digital environments in…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Foreign Countries
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