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Murphy, Colette; Doherty, Andrea; Kerr, Karen – International Research in Early Childhood Education, 2016
Fifty years after publishing his seminal work on play and its role in child development, Vygotskian theory is still highly influential in education, and particularly in early years. This paper presents two examples of full integration of Vygotskian principles into schools in two very different settings. Both report improvements in learning and in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Educational Theories, Play
Chavez, Kathryn J. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
This study investigated two questions: a) What is the relationship between reflection and professional development? and b) What is the role of reflection in teachers' instructional decision-making? Teachers are often conflicted by competing theories (e.g. behaviorist vs. constructivist) and principles (progressives vs. essentialists) at both…
Descriptors: Reflection, Faculty Development, Decision Making, Conflict
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Begic, Jasna Šulentic; Begic, Amir; Škojo, Tihana – International Journal of Higher Education, 2017
This paper describes the research conducted in the Republic of Croatia during the 2012/13 academic year. We have gathered opinions from experts, i.e. teaching methods teachers from seven faculties of teacher education, regarding the music teaching competencies necessary for primary education teachers teaching music in the first several grades of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Music Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Stott, Debbie; Graven, Mellony – Pythagoras, 2013
In this article we describe the design process for an after-school Grade 3 mathematics club, based on our experiences running a pilot club in a 2011 research and development project. Working from a sociocultural perspective, we show the progression from an initial multifaceted design to a much simpler, more learner-centred design that speaks…
Descriptors: Correlation, Theory Practice Relationship, Mathematics Instruction, Clubs
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Mannathoko, Magdeline C.; Major, Thenjiwe E. – International Journal of Higher Education, 2013
Art, craft and design (ACD) is a practical subject that provides learners the opportunity to explore various media and techniques. This includes creating two and three dimensional work in order to help learners develop their practical skills which may benefit them in future. Learners may create products to sell and earn a living as the National…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Design Crafts, Art Education, Design
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Gunnestad, Arve; Mørreaunet, Sissel; Onyango, Silas – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
This article highlights value learning in kindergartens exemplified by the value of forgiveness. Values are basic ideas on human behaviour and they function as a compass that helps children to make choices and priorities in their lives, to choose between good or bad, right or wrong. Value learning is an important part of the educational work in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Values Education, Kindergarten, Values
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Jun, Eun Jeong – Multicultural Education Review, 2016
This study examines the ways in which two teachers who have previously taken a multicultural education course put into practice multicultural teaching in a first grade afterschool program. Banks' five dimensions of multicultural education are used as the theoretical framework for analyzing past research on multicultural education courses and for…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Curriculum Implementation, After School Programs, Grade 1
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Stephen, Christine – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2010
This paper sets out to look critically at the influences on pedagogy in early years education, at the ways in which it is enacted in practice and the pedagogical perspectives held by practitioners. The aim of the paper is to explore the current state of understanding and suggest areas to be included in an agenda for future research. The factors…
Descriptors: Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Social Theories, Play
Kuhn, Melanie R., Ed.; Schwanenflugel, Paula J., Ed. – Guilford Publications, 2007
This book offers two distinct approaches to oral reading instruction that can easily be incorporated into primary-grade literacy curricula. It enables teachers to go beyond the conventional "round-robin" approach by providing strong instructional support and using challenging texts. Grounded in research and classroom experience, the book explains…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Word Recognition, Reading Fluency, Reading Instruction
Hall, Arnita Rena – Online Submission, 2007
The purpose of this literature review is to look at brain research and its effect on educational practice. For the last several years, educators, parents and policymakers have become increasingly interested in the potential role of positive early childhood experiences in promoting a child's emotional and intellectual well-being (Ellison, 2001).…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Children, Brain, Multiple Intelligences
Barone, Diane M.; Xu, Shelley Hong – Guilford Publications, 2007
Summarizing current research and weaving it into practical instructional strategies that teachers can immediately use with young English language learners (ELLs), this book addresses a major priority for today's primary-grade classrooms. All aspects of effective instruction for ELLs are explored: oral language development and instruction,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Instructional Materials, Educational Strategies, Oral Language
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Bravo, Malva Villalon; Silva, Margarita; Razmilic, Tonia; Swartz, Stanley L. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2005
After one year of implementation, this paper describes a programme designed to support literacy learning in low performing schools from poor sectors in Santiago, Chile. School-based intensive training on theory and practice of a literacy learning framework for classroom instruction and long-term support were used to impact the achievement of…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Grade 1