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Dawes, Andrew; Biersteker, Linda; Girdwood, Elizabeth; Snelling, Matthew; Tredoux, C. G. – Childhood Education, 2018
In 2015, Innovation Edge commissioned the development of South Africa's first national-level preschool child assessment tool. The project's key innovations were that the tool should fairly assess children from across the cultural and socio-economic spectrum, be inexpensive in terms of equipment and administration costs, and be administered in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Child Development
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Quest, Mary – Childhood Education, 2018
Children's earliest years are times of significant development and learning, yet the professionals who provide care for young children often do not receive the economic or professional support they need and deserve. Given the unique situations of child care professionals, especially those running their own family child care businesses, we must…
Descriptors: Child Care, Family Environment, Child Development, Child Caregivers
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Gesell, Arnold – Childhood Education, 2017
From the standpoint of mental health and perhaps even from the standpoint of human culture, the complete realization of the educational possibilities of the preschool child is of foundational significance. Normative and comparative studies performed at a psychological clinic at Yale examining norms of development in children from one month to five…
Descriptors: Nursery Schools, Preschool Children, Child Development, Personality
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Bergen, Doris – Childhood Education, 2017
The first issue of "Childhood Education," published in 1924, included an article by the eminent physician, Arnold Gesell. In the article, "The Significance of the Nursery School" he advocated for early childhood education, indicating its importance for both promoting the development of young children and supporting and…
Descriptors: Nursery Schools, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Young Children
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Polat, Özgül; Yavuz, Ezgi Aksin – Childhood Education, 2016
Early childhood experiences have a great effect on the course of a child's life. Preschool education can offer benefits for children, particularly those who do not have advantages at home, including benefits related to academic skills, social-emotional development, and communication. Thus, preschool experiences are a potential key to improving…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, School Readiness
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Hu, Bi Ying; Kong, Zhaowei; Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth – Childhood Education, 2014
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) scholars and health professionals worldwide share a common concern about the decline in children's physical development and activity due to lack of access to good quality outdoor environments. Early childhood education and care facilities across the world have been affected by trends that are limiting…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Play, Recreational Activities
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Weldemariam, Kassahun Tigistu – Childhood Education, 2014
Play is a natural and significant aspect of children's learning and development. Adults can be important to children's play, as they act as "play agents." Their involvement significantly influences the quality of the play activities in which children engage. The author briefly reviews the theoretical assumptions about adults' role in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Child Development, Preschool Education
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Fatai O., Ismail Abdul; Faqih, Asrul; Bustan, Wafa K. – Childhood Education, 2014
Play is generally identified as a basic tool for effective learning and development in children. This study explores the ways in which amorphous or unstructured play contributes to children's overall development at the pre-primary level, helping to develop cognitive, social, and motor skills. The findings indicate that through unstructured play,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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Trepanier-Street, Mary – Childhood Education, 2007
Current theory on mentoring describes the process as a mutual learning relationship in which both the mentor and the mentee gain knowledge. Many research studies have supported the benefits of mentoring programs for at-risk elementary school children. One particularly interesting mentoring project with preschool children is Jumpstart, a national…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Mentors, Academic Achievement
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Tewhey, Karen – Childhood Education, 2006
In this article, the author features the Children's Support Services (CSS) project in Lowell, Massachusetts, which is an interagency, multidisciplinary program that provides young children and their families a range of child development, mental health, and family support services. The CSS project, which was begun in September 2000, addresses the…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Mental Health, Family Programs, Child Development
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Callard, Esther D. – Childhood Education, 1978
This cross-cultural analysis examines three child rearing conditions which affect the development of prosocial behavior in children. (CM)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Rearing, Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries
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Rybczynski, Marcia; Troy, Anne – Childhood Education, 1995
Presents theory and research to help preschool teachers understand literacy-enriched play centers, in terms of their purposes and outcomes. Describe a pilot project using play centers in a preschool classroom and provides guidelines for planning and using such a center. (ET)
Descriptors: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Learning Centers (Classroom), Literacy Education
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Gelfer, Jeffrey I. – Childhood Education, 1991
Partnerships between teachers and parents provide benefits for children's education. Suggested methods by which teachers can establish communications with parents include telephone conferences, printed communications, encouragement of parental visits, developmental checklists sent home, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, and workshops for…
Descriptors: Check Lists, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students
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Drummond, Wilhelmina J. – Childhood Education, 1988
Discusses a private preschool/kindergarten program called the Growing-Up Learning Center, located in Baguio City, Philippines. Discusses both the philosophy and program objectives of the staff at the facility. (RWB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Individual Development, Kindergarten
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Smith, Anne B. – Childhood Education, 1996
Asks theoretical questions about child development and how to define quality contexts for it in light of New Zealand's requirement that early childhood education meet quality criteria. Discusses principles that should underlie good programs, including a sociocultural theory of development and children's interactions with both teachers and peers.…
Descriptors: Child Development, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development