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Mahowald, Megan; Loughnane, Megan – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Researchers and practitioners alike have noted that Hmong students in the United States do not achieve as well as their monolingual peers and other bilingual students. The current mixed-methods study is designed to describe reading development and achievement of 4th-grade Hmong students in one large, urban school district. This study explores the…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Reading Tests
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Favazza, Paddy C.; Siperstein, Gary N.; Ghio, Kathleen; Wairimu, Jane; Masila, Susan – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Research consistently demonstrates that children with developmental disabilities exhibit motor skill deficits, but motor skill interventions can positively affect motor abilities and other areas of development. These findings have particular relevance for children with disabilities in developing countries, where there is limited access to early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Athletics, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities
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Sakr, Mona; Connelly, Vince; Wild, Mary – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Digital technologies have the potential to offer new opportunities for children's expressive arts practices. Although adult expectations surround and shape children's visual art making on paper in the early years classroom, such expectations are not so established in relation to digital art making. So how do children make sense of digital art…
Descriptors: Young Children, Art Activities, Computer Graphics, Art Expression
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White, Kelley Mayer – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
The current study is one of the first to investigate children's perceptions of quality in teacher-child relationships using a narrative measure. It is also one of the first studies to investigate how the child's report is associated with the teacher's report and with an observer's report of quality in teacher-child interactions. Participants…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Student Attitudes, Early Childhood Education, Affective Behavior
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Morton, Brenda M. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Foster children have been identified as one of the most high-risk groups for academic failure in schools today. However, a small number of foster youth are beating the odds by achieving academically. How are they able to overcome tremendous barriers and succeed? This phenomenological study reports the findings of former foster youth and their P-12…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foster Care, At Risk Students, Phenomenology
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Short-Meyerson, Katherine; Sandrin, Susannah; Edwards, Chris – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Gender is a critical social factor influencing how children view the world from very early childhood. Additionally, during the early elementary years, parents can have a significant influence on their child's behaviors and dispositions in fields such as science. This study examined the influence of parent gender and child gender on 2nd- and…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Problem Solving, Science Instruction, Grade 2
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Hujala, Eeva; Eskelinen, Mervi; Keskinen, Soili; Chen, Christine; Inoue, Chika; Matsumoto, Mariko; Kawase, Masahiro – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Leadership research in early childhood education and care (ECEC) is a relatively new undertaking. It combines leadership concepts from school research as well as from business. There are common aspects in the leadership profession, but the context and the mission define the content of leadership tasks and responsibilities. Data in this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Instructional Leadership, Cross Cultural Studies
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Fayez, Merfat; Ahmad, Jamal Fathi; Oliemat, Enass – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to explore the beliefs of Jordanian kindergarten and 1st-grade teachers regarding six child-based dimensions of school readiness: academic knowledge, basic thinking skills, socioemotional maturity, physical well-being and motor development, self-discipline, and communication skills. Questionnaires were used to collect…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Teacher Attitudes
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Vorkapic, Sanja Tatalovic; Cepic, Renata; Šekulja, Ivana – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
The main aim of this study was to examine personality traits and life satisfaction of future preschool and primary school teachers and to examine if there are differences between these two groups of students. The study was conducted on a sample of 290 students of the University of Rijeka attending Early and Preschool Education and Teacher…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Life Satisfaction, Preservice Teachers, Preschool Teachers
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Solis, S. Lynneth; Grotzer, Tina A. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
The aim of this study was to investigate kindergartners' exploration of interactive causality during their play with a pair of toy sound blocks. Interactive causality refers to a type of causal pattern in which two entities interact to produce a causal force, as in particle attraction and symbiotic relationships. Despite being prevalent in nature,…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Play, Interaction, Concept Formation
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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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Natale, Ruby; Camejo, Stephanie; Sanders, Lee M. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Obesity is a significant public health issue affecting even our youngest children. Given that a significant amount of young children are enrolled in child care, the goal of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a child care facility-based obesity prevention program. Over 1,000 facilities participated in the study. The intervention…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Prevention, Obesity
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Beschorner, Beth; Hutchison, Amy – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
This study explored the impact of a parent education program and the contextual factors that influenced the experiences of families in the program. Seventeen parents completed a 9-week, face-to-face program and 15 parents completed a similar online program. This study was designed as a multiple case study and utilized multimethods for data…
Descriptors: Parent Education, Context Effect, Program Effectiveness, Online Courses
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Norris, Deborah J.; Guss, Shannon – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS) frequently include the Infant-Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R) as part of rating and improving child care quality. However, studies utilizing the ITERS-R consistently report low quality, especially for basic caregiving items. This research examined whether the low scores reflected the…
Descriptors: Child Care, Educational Quality, Measurement Techniques, Test Reliability
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Longstreth, Sascha; Garrity, Sarah; Ritblatt, Shulamit N.; Olson, Kelsey; Virgilio, Ashley; Dinh, Hilary; Padamada, Shane – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
This study aims to address gaps in the literature on continuity of care through focus group interviews with teachers at public early care and education programs in San Diego County, California, USA. To better understand various perspectives on continuity of care, focus groups were conducted at programs that currently practice continuity of care,…
Descriptors: Child Care, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Comparative Analysis
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