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Schwab, Susanne; Seifert, Susanne; Gasteiger-Klicpera, Barbara – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
The study "Improving Language And Reading Skills (LARS) in children with German as a first or second language" evaluates a newly developed differentiating programme for reading in terms of its effects on the reading and language ability of second graders with German as a first or second language. The participant group consisted of 105…
Descriptors: German, Native Language, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction
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Fyssa, Aristea; Vlachou, Anastasia; Avramidis, Elias – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This paper focuses on Greek regular and special preschool teachers' understanding of inclusion; their views about the engagement of children with disabilities in typical day routines/activities; and their preferred strategies for facilitating children's engagement in classroom activities. Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Preschool Teachers, Disabilities
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Zellman, Gail L.; Perlman, Michal; Karam, Rita – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
Despite the documented importance of parental engagement in early learning, little is known about how parents in the Middle East and North Africa understand child development. To inform the literature, a small-scale study involving four focus groups was conducted with parents of children aged six years and under living in Casablanca. The purpose…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mothers, Fathers, Parent Attitudes
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Tonyan, Holli A.; Nuttall, Joce – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
Family day care or childminding involves a particularly transient workforce. This paper introduces Eco(logical)-Cultural Theory (ECT) to examine the cultural organisation of childminding and presents an ECT analysis of pilot survey results: asking minders about their daily routines and their career paths. Reasons for becoming a minder and…
Descriptors: Child Care, Day Programs, Ecological Factors, Pilot Projects
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Björklund, Camilla; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
In this empirical study, we investigate an early childhood education activity in mathematics on the concept of "pattern". The children participating in the study attend an intermediate form of schooling in Sweden called "the preschool class for six-year-olds", intended to facilitate their transition from preschool to school.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Transitional Programs
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Westman, Susanne; Bergmark, Ulrika – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This paper aimed to explore how preschool teachers' experience their strengthened teaching mission, specifically when working with scientific exploration. The study was based on the philosophy of the life-world, a branch of the phenomenological movement. Life-world philosophy focuses on the concrete reality humans inhabit and is responsive to its…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Phenomenology, Teacher Role, Self Concept
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Gustavsson, Laila; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This empirical study analyses the qualitatively different ways in which teachers approach children's learning in and about nature. The empirical data consists of video observations of children and teachers communicating with one another around natural phenomena found during excursions into a forest. Variation theory is presented as a framework for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Natural Resources, Interpersonal Communication
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Hunter, Thelma; Walsh, Glenda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
As more countries align their curricular frameworks with play-based and experiential pedagogies, this paper provides a critical insight into the benefits and challenges that arise in practice when a play-based approach to learning and teaching becomes a political directive in Northern Ireland primary schools. Drawing on socio-constructivist and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Classroom Environment, Elementary Schools
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Wood, Elizabeth Ann – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This article troubles the established discourse of free choice and free play in early childhood education, and develops post-structural approaches to theorising children's agency in the context of institutional and relational power structures. It is widely accepted that planning a curriculum based on children's needs, interests and patterns of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Naturalistic Observation, Qualitative Research
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Tal, Clodie – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This study seeks to determine how and to what extent the core principles of the early childhood education programme at Levinsky College of Education in Israel were applied by a third-year student teacher in a traditional fieldwork placement. At the beginning of the school year, the student planned to engage two small groups of children in her…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Case Studies, Early Childhood Education
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Whitsel, Christopher Michael; Lapham, Kate – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
Within the development studies framework, empowerment involves increasing individual agency vis-à-vis the formal and informal opportunity structure. The Open Society Foundation's Early Childhood Programme developed the Getting Ready for School programme specifically for parents of preschool-age children to use at home in the year before school to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Parent Role, Parents
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Cohrssen, Caroline; Church, Amelia; Tayler, Collette – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This paper describes how early childhood teachers' incorporation of pauses raises the quality of talk-in-interaction during play-based mathematics activities. Responses of both children and teachers are shown to be more contingent and expansive when conversations include protracted pauses than during interactions in which pauses are largely…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Activities, Play, Interpersonal Communication
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Määttä, Elina; Järvelä, Sanna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
Previous research indicates the importance of self-efficacy beliefs for young children's learning and achievement. However, the challenge has been to research young children's self-efficacy in authentic learning situations. Therefore, the aims of this study were to investigate young children's immediate experiences of confidence in…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Reflection, Elementary School Students, Discussion
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Dockett, Sue; Perry, Bob – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This paper investigates the role of child experts (siblings and buddies) in young children's transition to school. Drawing on two recent studies, that sought the perspectives of children, educators and family members about effective supports at this time, we explore the roles of other children in the processes and practices of transition.…
Descriptors: Siblings, Peer Influence, School Readiness, Young Children
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Gilbert, Louise; Rose, Janet; Palmer, Sally; Fuller, Mary – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This study focused on the learning experiences of 50 undergraduate students undertaking a residential field trip (RFT) to Sweden as part of their Early Childhood Studies degree. Three dimensions were examined: the physical and emotional value afforded to the students from the active learning context; how this was interpreted and reflected in their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Field Trips, Preservice Teacher Education, Undergraduate Students
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