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Samuelsson, Robin – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2021
This article examines how the environment and routines within preschools can support second language use and development. It suggests that certain imitable aspects common to Swedish preschools make the environment suitable for L2 use and development. Data build on a qualitative synthesis of two studies from which typical routine activities where…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness, Language Usage, Swedish
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Lenhart, Lisa A.; Roskos, Kathleen A.; Brueck, Jeremy; Liang, Xin – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2019
Increasing young children's vocabulary remains one of the most challenging areas of early literacy instruction. Progress has been made in identifying techniques that, while often complex, work to implement routinely. This study examines the effects of an easy-to-implement technique, say-tell-do-play (STDP), that integrates proven "active…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Direct Instruction, Teaching Methods, Emergent Literacy
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Kirk, Gill; Jay, Jenny – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2018
This study examined how teachers support kindergarten children's social and emotional development in everyday contexts. It used an ethnographic qualitative mode of enquiry, employing participant observations and semi-structured and structured interviews to examine the ways teachers optimize opportunities for supporting kindergarten children's…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Sherfinski, Melissa; Slocum, Audra – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2018
This case study using ethnographic methods addresses how teachers shape cultural processes related to girlhoods, and the roles of children's play in this dynamic. Poststructuralist theory of the carnival was used to analyze gendered, classed power dynamics within two rural Appalachian preschool classrooms influenced by a popular local festival.…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Play, Gender Issues, Power Structure
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Hooper, Alison; Hallam, Rena – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017
Toddlers' engagement with their social and physical environment is an important aspect of their experience in early care and education programs. The purpose of this research study was to examine how global quality relates to children's engagement in toddler child care classrooms. Additionally, this study explored how toddlers' group engagement…
Descriptors: Correlation, Toddlers, Physical Environment, Play
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Solis, S. Lynneth; Curtis, Kaley N.; Hayes-Messinger, Amani – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017
Researchers propose that experiencing and manipulating physical principles through objects allows young children to formulate scientific intuitions that may serve as precursors to learning in STEM subjects. This may be especially true when children discover these physical principles through object affordances during play. The present study…
Descriptors: Play, STEM Education, Preschool Children, Naturalistic Observation
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Loizou, Eleni; Charalambous, Nasia – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017
This study aims to unfold the framework of empowerment pedagogy by describing an approach of listening to the children, supporting their rights, and enhancing participation through the lens of a learning community. The authors draw from the literature that acknowledges children as active agents and supports them in participating in their daily…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Communities of Practice, Guidelines, Participant Observation
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Leung, Chi-hung – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the Penn Interactive Peer Play (PIPPS-HK) and the Preschool Play Behavior Scale (PPBS-HK) to establish concurrent validity of both scales. A total of 1,622 children age 3 to 6 and 152 teachers in 10 kindergartens (about 160 students and 15 teachers randomly selected from each…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Correlation, Play, Preschool Children
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Mathis, Janelle B. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Authors and illustrators of children's literature bring to life characters and contexts that provide demonstrations of agency as well as resources upon which to build agency. Agency is considered here as making one's identity and perceptions visible and actively acknowledged by others to enhance and empower the personal, cultural, and social…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Picture Books, Preschool Children, Ethnography
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DiCarlo, Cynthia F.; Baumgartner, Jennifer J.; Ota, Carrie; Geary, Kelly – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
This study examined the mean duration of child attention across three teaching conditions (child choice, adult choice, or adult presentation) of 63 preschool-age children. A repeated-measures ANOVA was used to compare the means across the three teaching conditions, indicating a statistically significant difference between the teaching conditions.…
Descriptors: Attention, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Statistical Analysis
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Woods, Heather; Bosacki, Sandra; Coplan, Robert J. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Early childhood educators' (ECE) perceptions of gender roles may contribute to the development of children's own gender-role identities. This qualitative study examined 40 Canadian female ECEs' perceptions of gender and children's shy, aggressive, and prosocial behaviors. Content analysis of extensive interviews revealed three themes: (1) shyness…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Hustedt, Jason T. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2015
This study further extends scaffolding research to mother-child dyads (N = 51) in poverty, examining relationships between maternal scaffolding and 4-year-old Head Start children's own later scaffolding behaviors. At Time 1, experimental group children received maternal scaffolding during problem-solving tasks, whereas control group children…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Mothers, Preschool Children, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Anders, Yvonne; Rossbach, Hans-Günther – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2015
Without a doubt, math-related pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), pedagogical beliefs, and emotional attitudes are considered important dimensions of preschool teachers' professional competence. This research, however, documents that they are still understudied. This study focuses on certain aspects of the described dimensions: the sensitivity…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics, Preschool Children
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de Haan, Annika K. E.; Elbers, Ed; Leseman, Paul P. M. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2014
The aim of this study was to assess whether children's development benefited from teacher-and child-managed academic activities in the preschool and kindergarten classroom. Extensive systematic observations during four half-days in preschool ("n"?=?8) and kindergarten ("n"?=?8) classrooms revealed that classrooms differed in…
Descriptors: Student Development, Preschool Children, Kindergarten, Observation
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Parsons, Amy; Howe, Nina – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2013
Preschool boys' pretense and coconstruction of shared meanings during two play sessions (superhero and generic toys) were investigated with 58 middle-class boys ("M" age = 54.95 mos.). The frequency of dyadic pretense and the coconstruction of shared meanings in the play were coded. The frequency of pretense did not vary across the two…
Descriptors: Males, Play, Toys, Preschool Children
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