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D'warte, Jacqueline – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2020
Although unevenly distributed, many Australian classrooms are increasingly diverse and include young people from a wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, young people who speak many different languages and dialects of English. These diverse classrooms offer rich and exciting teaching and learning opportunities and require innovative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Bilingual Students, Preschool Children
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Dwyer, Julie; Harbaugh, Allen G. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2020
This study investigates how eight public, centre-based preschool teachers working with low-income children are using different activity settings and content foci to support one aspect of academic language: vocabulary development. Findings indicate that, on average, when teachers engaged children in teacher-led, whole group activities, read-alouds,…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Child Care Centers, Preschool Children, Low Income Groups
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Hadley, Elizabeth Burke; Dickinson, David K. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2020
The importance of early vocabulary development to later reading comprehension has been well-established. However, there have been a number of criticisms that the assessments typically used to measure oral vocabulary knowledge do not adequately capture the complexity of this construct. This conceptual review works towards a more robust theoretical…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Preschool Children, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Poveda, David; Matsumoto, Mitsuko; Sundin, Ebba; Sandberg, Helena; Aliagas, Cristina; Gillen, Julia – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2020
Young children's engagements with digital technologies form part of their emergent everyday literacy practices. The study reported here derives from the pan-European study 'A Day in the Digital Lives of Children aged 0-3'. The methodology was centred on the videoing of an entire day's experiences of a child aged under 3, together with a reflective…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Handheld Devices, Computer Use, Television Viewing
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Kumpulainen, Kristiina; Sairanen, Heidi; Nordström, Alexandra – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2020
This socioculturally framed case study investigates the digital literacy practices of two young children in their homes in Finland. The aim is to generate new knowledge about children's digital literacy practices embedded in their family lives and to consider how these practices relate to their emergent literacy learning opportunities. The study…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Technological Literacy, Emergent Literacy, Family Environment
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Rusu, Corina; Wallace, Richard 'Dickie'; Coman, Madalina; Costea, Veronica; Sidor, Alexandra; Pop, Claudia; Navsaria, Dipesh – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
Pre-reading and early childhood literacy skills are important for brain development and fundamental to a child's long-term cognitive and social well-being. As such, the fostering of these skills is an important preventive health measure. Family physicians can play key roles in encouraging parents to routinely read with their children. However, in…
Descriptors: Prereading Experience, Physicians, Literacy Education, Preschool Children
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Sari, Burcu; Takacs, Zsofia K.; Bus, Adriana G. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
The present article provides an overview of the best-selling apps for the age range of 0-8 years under various categories, including 'Kids', 'Books', 'Educational games', 'Family games' and 'Word games' in the two major application stores (Google Play and iTunes App Store) in four economically diverse European countries: Hungary, Turkey, Greece…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Cross Cultural Studies, Books, Educational Games
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Zadunaisky Ehrlich, Sara – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
Paradigmatic literacy features refer to ways of thinking and using language associated with academic-scientific discourse or written language. They are intimately bound up with education and appear in their emergent forms, mainly in conversations with adult partners. The present qualitative study investigates whether, and in which ways,…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Peer Relationship, Discourse Analysis, Language Usage
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Harmey, Sinéad; D'Agostino, Jerome; Rodgers, Emily – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
The purpose of this paper is (1) to report on the design of the early writing observational writing rubric designed to observe and describe change over time in the writing of children emerging into conventional literacy (ages 6-7) within an instructional setting and (2) to investigate the initial reliability and validity of the rubric. We used an…
Descriptors: Writing Evaluation, Scoring Rubrics, Test Validity, Test Reliability
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Acevedo, María V. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
Children's life experiences can position their exploration of global cultural communities within early childhood classrooms. Some early childhood educators, however, are concerned that many young children do not have direct experience of global cultures and thus believe that differences between cultural practices will be confusing to young…
Descriptors: Play, Cultural Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
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Britsch, Susan – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
This paper presents initial findings from a project that explored the use of digital cameras by preschool children in classroom science investigations. Children's science experience was viewed through a multimodal, social semiotic lens. A qualitative approach to data analysis was used to track and codify the visual choices made by the child…
Descriptors: Photography, Preschool Children, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Beneke, Margaret R.; Cheatham, Gregory A. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
Reading literature to engage young children in critical discussions about race -- and how it impacts their daily lives -- is a promising practice. This study examined how two teachers and eight young children talked about skin colour as they read books about racial diversity, and the extent to which participation structures and conversational…
Descriptors: Race, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children