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Balduzzi, Lucia; Lazzari, Arianna – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
In recent years, the issue of early childhood staff professionalisation has been taking an increasingly prominent position in policy-making and academic debates at the international level. Despite this growing interest, studies investigating the content and delivery of professional preparation programmes for early childhood practitioners are still…
Descriptors: Mentors, Workplace Learning, Context Effect, Educational Policy
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Jensen, Jytte Juul – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
The article examines Danish pedagogue students' supervision during their placement periods in early childhood settings. Throughout the long history of Danish pedagogue education, discourses relating to the placement element have been located either within a "work" paradigm or a "scholastic" paradigm. These two understandings of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Placement, Student Teachers, Student Teacher Supervisors
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Hammond, Sue; Powell, Sacha; Smith, Kate – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
Following our contribution to a study of mentoring in seven European countries, we explored epistemological and ontological inconsistencies within mainstream mentoring systems and their regulated practice in England. We considered how feminist mentoring praxis can unsettle conceptualisations of mentoring relationships and challenge inequity in the…
Descriptors: Mentors, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Preschool Teachers
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Karlsson Lohmander, Maelis – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
Professional experience in preschool settings comprises an important part of the education of preschool teachers. During their placements, students are expected to link theory to practice, to integrate university-based knowledge with workplace-based knowledge and skills essential for their future profession. They often refer to a perceived gap…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Workplace Learning, Teacher Education Programs, Preschool Curriculum
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Flämig, Katja; König, Anke; Spiekermann, Nicole – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
In Germany, the field-based element in the education/training of early childhood educators is given high priority in the development of professional competencies. Nevertheless, Germany lacks a firmly anchored regulatory and curricular framework for early childhood education and care settings as "workplace learning sites" ("Lernort…
Descriptors: Mentors, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education, Vocational Education
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Jónsdóttir, Arna H. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
The article examines the aims of the workplace-based learning of prospective preschool teachers in Iceland and associated cooperative practices between the University of Iceland and preschools. A "third space" of collaboration between these two sites is considered necessary if the education of preschool student teachers is to be…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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Maier-Höfer, Claudia – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
By focusing on a collective aesthetics based on sensation and affect, researchers, especially in Stockholm, Sweden, are exploring a pedagogy that opens up space for assemblages of desire, acknowledging the expressions of children who transform themselves and their milieus into a weave of bodies, spaces, signs and media. By analysing this pedagogy,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Andrew, Yarrow – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
The ancient Greeks articulated three types of knowledge, "episteme," "techne" and "phronesis." Education has emphasised two of these--"pure" knowledge and technical skills--while neglecting the latter. Within early childhood a key aspect of "phronesis"--practical wisdom--is emotion work, and its…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Psychological Patterns, Personality Traits, Emotional Response
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Rekalidou, Galini; Panitsides, Eugenia A. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
Within the knowledge era, Early Childhood Education has been attracting continued interest from scholars globally. In this regard, several studies have been conducted, with results identifying the multifarious attributes which members of the early years workforce should possess. But what does this imply for Early Childhood Teacher Education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teachers, Graduate Students
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Brownlee, Joanne Lunn; Sumsion, Jennifer; Irvine, Susan; Berthelsen, Donna; Farrell, Ann; Walsh, Kerryann; Ryan, Sharon; Mulhearn, Gerry – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
This article builds on our ongoing work in conceptualising an "evaluative stance" framework to assist in understanding how leaders in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC) make decisions about the selection of professional development options for themselves and their staff. It introduces the notion that evaluative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Decision Making, Professional Development
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DeVore, Simone; Fox, Robin; Heimer, Lucy; Winchell, Brooke – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
As a team of teacher educators at a university in the United States, we engage in participatory action research to reflect on how reflective tools which we design engage teacher candidates (TCs) in their reflecting on teaching. In this paper, we describe how we invite TCs to write in-class reflections, respond to self-assessment probes, and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Programs, Participatory Research, Action Research
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Taggart, Geoff – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
The practitioner's own self is a resource in early childhood education and care (ECEC). It is proposed that an experiential training focusing on the "professional self" helps to raise awareness of how psychological dispositions may impair or enhance quality of provision. A key concept in such training is emotional labour, explored with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Teacher Education
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Löfdahl, Annica; Folke-Fichtelius, Maria – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
This article focuses on aspects of the notion of care in relation to the work of quality documentation in the Swedish preschool. Questions deal with how teachers enact pedagogy in relation to the documentation work; how they handle the demands of visibility; and which aspects of the teacher profession are exposed and which are silenced. Data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Nursery Schools, Teaching (Occupation)
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Knauf, Helen – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
The pedagogical documentation of educational processes in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) centres is an important concern of early childhood education. Its purpose is to make learning visible and to stimulate discussion between educators and parents. In the academic discourse, however, pedagogical documentation is subject to differing…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Documentation, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Salamon, Andi; Harrison, Linda – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2015
The conceptions early childhood educators (ECEs) hold about infants can guide their pedagogical practices in ways that can enable and constrain infants' experiences. Literature regarding infants' development and the role of adults in infant learning theoretically positions infants as both being capable of independent learning, and needing adult…
Descriptors: Infants, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes, Preschool Teachers
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