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Fan, Si; Yost, Helen – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
Parent and family engagement has long been a significant element in early childhood (EC) education. Lack of family involvement can lead to a number of consequences in children's physical and emotional development. However, attempts and strategies used by early learning centres and childcare centres to resolve this issue are often unsuccessful.…
Descriptors: Social Media, Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Asynchronous Communication
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Nugent, Clare; MacQuarrie, Sarah; Beames, Simon – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
Nature kindergartens present opportunities to foster a love of natural environments through formative early childhood experiences. Three early childhood education settings -- one in Denmark, one in Finland and one in Scotland -- provided insight into nature kindergarten provision that has historically attracted a high proportion of male staff. At…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Education
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Ree, Marianne; Alvestad, Marit; Johansson, Eva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This study focuses on children's participation in community and the research question is as follows: "What do children describe as hallmarks influencing their ability to participate in the ECEC community?" The study is based on a qualitative hermeneutic analysis of semi-structured group interviews with 12 five-year-old children from…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Student Participation, Hermeneutics, Preschool Children
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Eliyahu-Levi, Dolly; Ganz-Meishar, Michal – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
The purpose of the study is to describe the teacher's personal connection with parents as an intermediary factor between cultures and to examine the implications for the future of the migrant group in the receiving society. The study is a qualitative study based on the phenomenological approach and involved five teachers working with African…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Immigrants, Cultural Differences
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Palmér, Hanna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This article explores collective and individual perspectives on preschool mathematics within a professional development programme. All seven teachers at one Swedish preschool participated in a one-year research-based professional development programme. At the beginning and then again at the end of the programme, the teachers collectively wrote…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Mathematics Education, Preschool Curriculum
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Areljung, Sofie – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
Numerous initiatives are carried out across the world to support science teaching in early childhood education. However, professional development research shows that in order for teaching interventions to bring about successful changes in practice, it is key that teacher's beliefs, confidence and knowledge change. As a complement to studies…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Preschool Children, Faculty Development
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Zhan, Ying; He, Rongyi; So, Winnie Wing Mui – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
There is a 'green gap' between environmental education policy and practice in China due to the lack of localised environmental programmes and the dominance of a lecture-based approach. In order to close this green gap, this study attempted to help elementary school children develop action competence (AC) by involving them in a water conservation…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Case Studies, Competence, Foreign Countries
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Samuelsson, Robin – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This paper studies the scaffolding of conceptual development for children aged 4-5 years old during a science project at a Swedish preschool. It specifically examines how bodily knowledge and language are used in interaction, and how conceptual knowledge can be scaffolded with the use of external tools and artefacts. The science project was…
Descriptors: Interaction, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Science Projects
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Furman, Melina; Luzuriaga, Mariana; Taylor, Inés; Jarvis, Diana; Dominguez Prost, Enzo; Podestá, María Eugenia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
The use of effective questions is an essential attribute of successful early years science teaching. In this case study, we analyse the questions and dialogues generated by four preschool teachers from two schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of contrasting socioeconomic contexts (one privileged and one underprivileged). We looked at the…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Foreign Countries, Preschools, Preschool Teachers
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Cohrssen, Caroline; Niklas, Frank – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
In Australia, early childhood education takes a play-based approach to supporting children's engagement with mathematical ideas and numeracy development. To assist preschool teachers' implementation of the outcomes in the national Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, the Northern Territory (NT, Australia) has introduced the NT Preschool…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities, Educational Games, Numeracy
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Jack, Christine; Higgins, Steve – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
There are many digital technologies available to support teaching and learning. Historically the focus has tended to be on computers, but this has extended to include interactive whiteboards and tablets. As well as these technologies, which were originally designed for adults, there are devices specifically designed to support teaching and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Deguara, Jo; Nutbrown, Cathy – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This paper examines the schematic underpinnings in the drawings of a four-year-old girl, Thea. The paper reviews literature on graphic representations, signs and meaning-making before discussing schematic "form" in children's drawings, the theoretical background for the study. The paper discusses ethical issues and methodological…
Descriptors: Childrens Art, Freehand Drawing, Early Childhood Education, Art Expression
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Savva, Andri; Erakleous, Valentina – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The present study reports findings on pre-service teachers' thinking during planning and implementing play-based art activities. "Thinking" (in the present study) is informed by discourses emphasising art teaching and learning in relation to play and theoretical assumptions conceptualising planning as "practice of knowing."…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Early Childhood Education, Play, Preservice Teachers
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Campbell-Barr, Verity – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
It is widely accepted that the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce is central to the quality of services. Modernist constructs of quality signal the importance of qualifications for quality, but the preoccupation with qualification levels silences questions about the knowledge required of ECEC professionals. Postmodern perspectives…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Professionalism, Postmodernism, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Björklund, Camilla; Ahlskog-Björkman, Eva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This study presents an analysis of preschool teachers' reasoning about pedagogical goals. Of specific interest is how teachers in a Swedish and a Finnish context describe goals for children's learning and how they describe them implementing these goals into their practice. The research question is thus: How are pedagogical goals perceived and…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Qualitative Research
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