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Pires Pereira, Íris Susana; Parente, Maria Cristina Cristo; da Silva, Maria Cristina Vieira – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
We present the main findings of a case study focusing on the digital literacy practices of a Portuguese early childhood teacher known for her innovative pedagogical methods. Data was collected through an in-depth interview centred on the teacher's perceptions about her digital literacy practices and on the professional development underpinning…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Rahman, Arifur; Islam, Shahidul; Boyd, Wendy – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
Across the world COVID-19 has impacted teachers' lives both professionally and personally. In many parts of the world kindergarten teachers have been able to adapt practices to ensure that children's education and care is provided. However some countries have not responded adequately to support kindergarten teachers' ongoing employment. Bangladesh…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, COVID-19, Pandemics, Foreign Countries
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Paryente, Bilha; Barak Levy, Yael – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
The aim of this grounded theory study was to understand parents' emotions and coping strategies regarding their child's initial placement in an Israeli special education kindergarten. Proper placement is essential to effectively support children with developmental disabilities (DD), yet parents tend to approach assessment procedures with dread.…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Special Education, Kindergarten, Young Children
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Tam, Angela Choi Fung – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
This two-year longitudinal study explores whether a professional learning community (PLC) helps shift language teachers' beliefs about implementing play-based learning. Ten practitioners from a preschool participated in this case study. Data were collected through interviews and observations of participants' practices engaged in the PLC. The…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Preschool Education, Beliefs, Play
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Kamiya, Yusuke; Nomura, Marika – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
Early childhood education (ECE) is important to provide the necessary support for children's healthy development during the preschool period. We evaluated whether ECE positively impacted early childhood development in Lao PDR. We pooled two rounds of nationally representative cross-sectional household surveys -- Lao Social Indicator Surveys…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Development, Preschool Education, Literacy
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Sugiyo Pranoto, Yuli Kurniawati; Pupala, Branislav – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
This study analyzes Indonesian children's happiness feeling and preferences toward school-from-home activities and setting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online interviews and drawing-telling activities were used to obtain the data from 334 children aged four to six years. The findings revealed that more than half of the children were happy with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, Student Attitudes
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Lytje, Martin; Dyregrov, Atle; Holiday, Carol – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
This study presents the insights gained from interviewing 12 parentally bereaved children aged 5-8. All were below six years of age when bereft. Participants were interviewed through Sandtray interviews. The study finds that children are developing an understanding of what it means to live with loss, but want truthful information about the illness…
Descriptors: Child Care, Young Children, Grief, Parents
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Speldewinde, Christopher; Kilderry, Anna; Campbell, Coral – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
Research into pedagogical approaches used in early years' nature education, more specifically European and UK forest schools, remains according to Leather, 'undertheorised.' In a similar situation in Australia, the bush kindergarten programmes (referred to as 'bush kinders'), have had limited research attention. Influenced by European and UK…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Outdoor Education, Preschool Education, Forestry
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Yelland, Nicola; Waghorn, Elise – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
This paper considers the pedagogical collaborations between early childhood teachers in kindergarten (4 years) and the first year of school (5 years) in one Australian State. We report on a year-long project that brought these early childhood teachers together as we asked them to design STEM learning ecologies that would not only support new…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Teaching Methods, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten
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Nolan, Andrea; Paatsch, Louise; Aras, Selda; Tiryaki, Aybüke Yurteri – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
This paper brings together two studies, conducted independently in two different countries, Turkey and Australia, both focusing on supporting early years teachers to research and strengthen their own practice in relation to play-based pedagogies. It reports on the professional learning programmes that were implemented to improve understanding…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Differences, Teaching Methods, Play
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Sherfinski, Melissa – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
This case study of a US suburban Kindergarten illustrates the challenges and opportunities posed by the shifting context of Kindergarten toward a narrowed academic focus aligned to state goals. In this neoliberal policy context, teachers experienced difficult emotions as they supported children's and families' cultural and linguistic talents and…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Early Childhood Teachers, Coping
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Andersson Søe, Martina; Schad, Elinor; Psouni, Elia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
The social restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have challenged many aspects of preschool everyday life. Particularly vulnerable to these restrictions is the aspect of introducing new children to preschool, since preschool introduction constitutes a natural arena for establishment of preschool staff's relationships with children and their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, School Orientation, Pandemics
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Ralph, Rachel; Code, Jillianne; Petrina, Stephen – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
Theory of Mind (ToM) is an individual's ability to understand the cognitive states of others, including their desires, beliefs, and knowledge. ToM describes how children, by the age of four, understand how others may be thinking or feeling. It is the ability to understand the thinking or viewpoints of their peers. This paper will describe ToM…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Theory of Mind, Handheld Devices, Computer Mediated Communication
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Rouse, Elizabeth; Nicholas, Maria; Garner, Rosemarie – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
In 2017, 5019 educators from primary and preschool settings across Victoria, Australia took part in joint professional learning around effective transition to school processes. Upon registering for this professional learning workshop, participants were invited to identify the most significant challenges associated with transition to school. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Readiness, Elementary School Teachers, Preschool Teachers
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Ata-Akturk, Aysun; Sevimli-Celik, Serap – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2023
The aim of this study was twofold: (a) To carry out an in-depth investigation of pre-service teachers (PTs) beliefs regarding creativity and the perceived barriers of creative processes within early childhood education, and (b) To examine the extent to which PTs reflect their creativity within their pedagogical practices. The participants (n = 45)…
Descriptors: Creativity, Preservice Teachers, Beliefs, Student Attitudes
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