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Lock, Theresa F. – Educational Perspectives, 2017
The author has been working for over four decades in the field of early childhood education (ECE). She is currently entering her fifth year as an early childhood teacher educator with the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM) College of Education. In her role, the author is teaching future professionals in a dual degree program with a preschool…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Early Childhood Education, Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Degrees
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Educational Perspectives, 2015
In the summer of 1899, [John] Dewey gave two series of talks at Honolulu High School on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 8:00 to 10:00. The first set of five lectures was entitled "The Life of the Child;" the second set, "Movements in Nineteenth Century Thought." The first talk of the lecture series was delivered on the evening…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Child Development, Imagination, Early Experience
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Castle, Alfred L. – Educational Perspectives, 2015
Hawai'i has often been the beneficiary of the insights of extraordinary men and women who visited the islands and made important observations. Among these was perhaps America's most famous philosopher, John Dewey (1859-1952). First visiting Honolulu in 1899 as the guest of Mary Tenney Castle and her family, Dewey would help establish Hawai'i's…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Change Agents, Educational History, Educational Development
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Che, Yi; Hayashi, Akiko; Tobin, Joseph – Educational Perspectives, 2007
For the past six years the authors have been working together on a major study of early childhood education in China, Japan, and the United States. This study, "Continuity and Change in Preschools in Three Cultures," is a sequel to "Preschools in Three Cultures," a book by Joseph Tobin, David Wu, and Dana Davidson that was…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Preschool Curriculum
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Harris, Alex – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Belief in the importance of school readiness has mobilized a broad coalition of concerned stakeholders to become organized and act. As a result, a number of programs, policies, and materials have been developed to improve the readiness of children and of schools. The purpose of this article is to examine the context in which these efforts are…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Transitional Programs, Alignment (Education), Politics of Education
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Grace, Donna J.; Brandt, Mary E. – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Early childhood educators believe that schooling for young children should focus on developing the "whole child," socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. Teaching pre-reading skills and encouraging children to read are essential steps on the path of literacy development. A narrow and persistent attention to academics is…
Descriptors: Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills, Guides
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Aiona, Shelli – Educational Perspectives, 2005
On the surface, it appears that it should be quite simple to identify the characteristics of a child who is ready for school and then to assess whether or not any given child has these characteristics. But readiness is a difficult construct and one that has been the topic of great debate. Assessment of readiness is even more challenging. Policies…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Student Characteristics, Evaluation Methods, Learning Readiness
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Brandt, Mary E.; Grace, Donna – Educational Perspectives, 2005
The purpose of this article is to develop, validate, and field test two readiness assessment instruments, "Schools Ready for Children" and "Children Ready for School." The authors first describe the development of the assessment instrument dealing with policies and practices of "ready" schools. The items on this…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Learning Readiness, School Readiness, Program Validation
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Chun, Elisabeth – Educational Perspectives, 2005
The school-readiness of Hawai'i's children and the readiness of Hawai'i's schools for entering kindergarteners has been a topic of considerable thought and action in recent years. Indeed, Hawai'i's citizens have long made young children and their education a high priority. The first steps were taken as early as 1894 when the Samuel N. and Mary…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Formative Evaluation, Change Strategies
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Hitz, Randy – Educational Perspectives, 2005
The importance of the early years in creating a foundation for school and later success is well documented. Children who live in healthy, safe, and stimulating environments in the first five years of their lives are more likely to succeed than children who have more negative experiences. Hawai'i policy makers, like others across the nation, are…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Public Support, Educational Policy