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White, E. Jayne; Gradovski, Mikhail – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
Discussions of love and care might seem a natural alliance for early childhood teachers. Yet, while care is now at last beginning to be accepted as a legitimate feature of early years childhood within professional discourse alongside 'education' (enshrined in concepts such as 'educare', 'ECEC', or 'well-being'), articulations of love remain an…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Caring, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy
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Degotardi, Sheila; Han, Feifei; Torr, Jane – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This study investigated the quantity of audible and intelligible ('near and clear') educator talk directly experienced by under-two-year-old infants attending early childhood education and care (ECEC) programmes and examined whether the quantity of educator talk was related to characteristics of quality in their ECEC room. Participants were 57…
Descriptors: Infants, Child Language, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Masters, Jennifer; Grogan, Leanne – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This paper highlights the similarities and differences of seven nature kindergarten programmes in Australia and New Zealand. The study targeted three programmes from New Zealand and four from Australia. Participant observations and semi-structured interviews were used to build a profile of each site. The profiles were compared on factors such as…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Kindergarten, Foreign Countries, Program Implementation
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Devi, Anamika; Fleer, Marilyn; Li, Liang – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
Grounded in Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory, this paper examines how often teachers are involved in children's imaginative play and discusses their beliefs about their role in supporting children's imaginative play. To investigate this problem, video (65 hours of digital observations) and interview data (two hours and 30 minutes) of 60…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Role, Play, Imagination
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Ahmad, Jamal Fathi – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
Research results have shown that what a child draws is influenced by many factors, including the child's culture and environment. The aim of this study was to analyse the drawings of five-year-old Jordanian children to determine the extent to which culture informs the content of their drawings. A total of 736 children took part in this research…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Foreign Countries, Young Children, Cultural Influences
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Merewether, Jane – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
If children are to be heard in research and pedagogy, we need to find ways to listen to them. But how do we listen to young children when words are not their primary means of communication? Drawing on research investigating children's perspectives of outdoor spaces in pedagogical settings, this article discusses the use of pedagogical…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Listening, Outdoor Education, Young Children
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Bergnehr, Disa; Cekaite, Asta – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The present study examines adult-child touch and its functions in a Swedish preschool (for 1 to 5-year-old children). The data are naturalistic observations and video-recorded data of everyday preschool activities. The study describes the frequently occurring functions of educators' haptic conduct (control, affectionate, affectionate-control,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Video Technology, Tactual Perception
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Hayes, Nóirín; Filipovic, Katarina – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The current future-focused, outcomes driven early childhood policy climate presents a danger that early years pedagogy will lose sight of the 'present' child. Increasingly policy support for early childhood education is built around an emphasis on preparing children for school and positioning it as a key element in enhancing society through…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Educational Policy
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Webb, Grant; Knight, Bruce Allen; Busch, Gillian – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Children progress through a number of life transitions and each is a pivotal point of development and growth for them, their parents and family members. Through a review of the literature, the Bioecological Model will be used to frame childhood transitions as highly social, contextualised and political. This paper will assert that governments,…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Transitional Programs, Foreign Countries
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Björklund, Camilla; Ahlskog-Björkman, Eva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Thematic work that integrates different knowledge areas is considered suitable for developing young children's knowledge and skills in early childhood education. This paper reports evidence from a survey of early childhood teachers' work with mathematics and art integrated in thematic work. In this study, we aim to explore how teachers perceive…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Mathematics Education, Art Education
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Lohbeck, Annette; Grube, Dietmar; Moschner, Barbara – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
A great deal of research shows that the way in which children attribute causes to their successes and failures in school has implications for the development of their academic self-concept (ASC). The most common attributions are ability, effort, task difficulty, and luck. The present study asked 68 elementary school children aged seven to eight…
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Self Concept, Academic Achievement, Academic Failure
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Lee, Jin; Jang, Youn Joo – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
While the importance of early childhood education is well documented, scant attention is afforded to the access to institutions for early childhood education. Uneven distribution of institutions for early childhood education in segregated metropolitan areas can cause inequality of educational opportunity. By using the Geographic Information System…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Access to Education, Early Childhood Education
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Agbenyega, Joseph S.; Tamakloe, Deborah E.; Klibthong, Sunanta – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
This research utilised a "stimulated recall" methodology [Calderhead, J. 1981. "Stimulated Recall: A Method for Research on Teaching." "British Journal of Educational Psychology" 51: 211-217] to explore the potential of African folklore, specifically Ghanaian folk stories in the development of children's reflective…
Descriptors: Folk Culture, African Culture, Foreign Countries, Story Telling
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Shin, Minsun; Partyka, Thomas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
This qualitative case study explored how an infant teacher provided meaningful learning experiences for infants through play and the teacher's educational rationale behind these experiences. Findings were based on multiple sources of data, including classroom observations (natural observation and videotaped observation) for approximately 12 weeks…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Infants, Empowerment
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Theodotou, Evgenia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Literacy as a social practice has a fundamental role in children's lives especially in the early years context, in which social interactions are in the centre of knowledge achievement. Several pieces of research investigate the positive contribution of the arts in children's literacy development in the early years settings. However, most of them…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Literacy, Art, Early Childhood Education
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