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Ingleby, Ewan – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This article investigates the application of technology to pedagogy in early years. The research considers the perceptions of technology that are held by a variety of practitioners in a range of settings. The research explores the factors influencing the participants' interpretation of the pedagogical value of technology by asking two questions.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Nursery Schools, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Chu, Szu-Yin – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Current educational policy promotes the use of evidence-based practices to maximize children's learning outcomes. With the goal of enhancing a child's ability to learn functional language, the purpose of this study was to focus on involving families through the utilization of evidence-based intervention based upon the Applied Behaviour Analysis…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disabilities, Verbal Communication, Language Skills
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Shuker, Mary Jane; Cherrington, Sue – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
The early childhood education (ECE) sector in New Zealand has long been recognised for the diversity of service types and range of organisations involved in delivering ECE. However, less attention has been paid to diversity within individual ECE services. This article draws on a national survey carried out as part of a larger project, "The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Barriers, Educational Opportunities
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Dong, Chuanmei; Newman, Linda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Western research over the last decade has shown that early childhood (EC) teachers' perspectives on the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the early years strongly shape young children's experiences in educational settings and affect the integration of ICT into the classroom. The research in China is scant however. This…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Information Technology, Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education
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Aldhafeeri, Fayiz; Palaiologou, Ioanna; Folorunsho, Aderonke – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Scholars in the field of early childhood education are still debating the inclusion of digital technologies in play-based pedagogy and our understanding of digital play in early childhood education is still developing. This research paper examines early childhood education teachers' views, aptitudes and attitudes towards digital technologies in…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Information Technology
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Fesseha, Ellen; Pyle, Angela – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This study sought to gain insight into how Ontario teachers define play-based learning, and how their perspectives affect its implementation in kindergarten classrooms. Using survey data from kindergarten teachers from around the province of Ontario, two definitions of play were developed: one focused on social development through play and the…
Descriptors: Play, Kindergarten, Teacher Attitudes, Preschool Teachers
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Chesworth, Liz – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Children's interests are widely recognised as pivotal to meaningful learning and play in the early years. However, less is known about how children's diverse interests may contribute to relationships and interactions within peer cultures. This article builds upon previous studies to argue that participation in sociocultural activity generates…
Descriptors: Childhood Interests, Play, Child Development, Peer Relationship
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Duhn, Iris; Fleer, Marilyn; Harrison, Linda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This article focuses on the "Relational Agency Framework" (RAF), an analytical tool developed for an Australian review and evaluation study of an early years' policy initiative. We explore Anne Edward's concepts of "relational expertise", "building common knowledge" and "relational agency" to explore how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Networks
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Neaum, Sally – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
School readiness is currently a strong focus for education policy in England. However, understanding what it means to be ready for school, and how this is reflected in policy and enacted in practice, are sites of contention. This paper explores the genesis of the current disparity in understandings in the context of the English education system. A…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy
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Vlasov, Janniina; Hujala, Eeva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine changes that have taken place in centre-based early childhood education (ECE) in the USA, Russia, and Finland between 1991 and 2014. The cross-culturally conducted study aimed to identify and contrast socio-cultural differences and similarities of the perceived changes in the context of the studied…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Cultural Differences
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Levy, Rachael – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This paper presents a historical reflection on gender and literacy, with a view to informing the present teaching of literacy in early childhood. The relationship between gender, literacy and opportunity in the labour market is examined, given that despite girls' achievement in literacy, in comparison with boys', women continue to earn…
Descriptors: Educational History, Early Childhood Education, Literacy Education, Preschool Teachers
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Chappell, Kerry Anne; Pender, Tamsin; Swinford, Elizabeth; Ford, Katherine – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This paper focuses on how wise humanising creativity (WHC) is manifested within early years interdisciplinary arts education. It draws on Arts Council-funded participatory research by Devon Carousel Project and University of Exeter's Graduate School of Education. It is grounded in previous AHRC-funded research, which conceptualised WHC in the face…
Descriptors: Creativity, Art Education, Participatory Research, Science Education
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Blackburn, Carolyn; Aubrey, Carol – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
The aim was to investigate the policy-to-practice context of delays and difficulties in the acquisition of speech, language and communication (SLC) in children from birth to five in one local authority within the context of Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological model. Methods included a survey of early years practitioners (64 responses), interviews with…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Early Intervention, Interviews, Speech Communication
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Carter, Caron; Nutbrown, Cathy – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Children's friendships are often neglected by teachers and researchers. This phenomenological study conducted with seven children aged five and six years explores young children's perceptions of their everyday friendship experiences. This multi-method study used role play interviews, drawings and persona doll scenarios to consider children's…
Descriptors: Instruction, Friendship, Young Children, Phenomenology
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Al-Maadadi, Fatima; Ihmeideh, Fathi – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Writing often begins during the very early years of childhood; however, some children first learn writing when they begin attending school. Teachers' beliefs about early writing development can influence when and how children learn to write. The purpose of this study was to determine kindergarten teachers' beliefs about the development of…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Kindergarten
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