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Coffino, Jesse Robert; Bailey, Chelsea – Childhood Education, 2019
While play seems a most natural activity for children, educators must innovate to incorporate "true play" that originates from the interests and direction of children themselves. The Anji Play approach is a model of innovative play-based education in China that is inspiring the world.
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods, Student Interests
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McLorg, Devon – Childhood Education, 2019
Around the world, dedicated professionals are implementing innovative programs to improve access to quality education for children living in poverty and otherwise marginalized communities. This article provides an overview of the work being conducted by BRAC, an international development organization based in Bangladesh that is working to…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Quality, Poverty, At Risk Persons
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Rautela, Renuka; Singh, Nandini Chatterjee – Childhood Education, 2019
In this article, the authors propose a problem-based approach to education that enables learners to build critical consciousness to drive "active citizenship"; develops their abilities to frame their identities; and empowers them to critically question any systemic, cultural, and physical manifestations of exclusion and marginalization.…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Teaching Methods, Educational Philosophy, Sustainable Development
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Pedersen, James M. – Childhood Education, 2019
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has reported that boys all over the world underperform their female peers at school. This trend creates problems for this generation of males and could also pose unforeseen consequences for the next generation. A review of journals, magazines, and other media outlets uncovered a…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Achievement Gap, Academic Achievement, Underachievement
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Dominguez, Eva – Childhood Education, 2019
A 2018 study conducted by the independent, non-profit organization The Commission on Fake News and The Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills reported that only 2% of children have the literacy skills they need to determine if a news story is real or fake. Over 50% of the teachers in the study believe that current curriculum does not equip children…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Story Telling, Teaching Methods, Critical Literacy
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Martens, Sherry; Crawford, Kathryn – Childhood Education, 2019
An important aspect of bringing innovation to education is supporting children's own innovative thinking. Teachers are finding that escape room activities can provoke children's wonder and determination to pursue their curiosity, which builds a foundation for innovators of the future.
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Learning Activities, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Erickson, Kristen – Childhood Education, 2019
Combining the sophistication of modern communication technology with the simplicity of an unadorned mobile room, Portals are making it possible for people around the world to connect and recognize their shared humanity.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Weisblat, Gina Z.; Stiles, Elizabeth A.; McClellan, Jeffrey D. – Childhood Education, 2019
Learners' content knowledge is no longer as valuable as their content navigation skills, and teachers' expertise is no longer beholden to didactic instruction. The self-organized learning environment approach offers a promising pathway through which to engage 21st-century learners.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Independent Study, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation
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Delisio, Lauren A.; Dieker, Lisa – Childhood Education, 2019
The number of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in elementary mathematics classrooms today is on the rise and educators around the world are seeking innovative methods for teaching them. The authors of this article describe using an avatar-based program called TeachLivE to help students with ASD develop a graphic organizer strategy to…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics
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Vaughan-Lee, Cleary – Childhood Education, 2019
Transforming education to best serve our children and societies often means finding creative ways to engage young learners. Taking advantage of modern storytelling techniques can be a powerful way to achieve such engagement.
Descriptors: Story Telling, Transformative Learning, Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods
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Lyon, Gabrielle – Childhood Education, 2019
Traditional curriculum does not always resonate with students. If we can find new ways to connect with and inspire young people, we can support powerful outcomes that benefit youth and society as a whole.
Descriptors: Cartoons, Novels, Teacher Attitudes, Outcomes of Education
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Hoffman, Emily Brown – Childhood Education, 2019
Communities serve as a vital resource for educators seeking ideas to advance their practice. Online professional development capitalizes on technological communication to facilitate such sharing.
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Faculty Development, Online Courses, Computer Mediated Communication
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Wolfe, Zora M. – Childhood Education, 2019
As educators seek to engage students in their learning, inquiry-based teaching can be an effective approach for transforming teaching. The result is a transformative shift in learning for students and teachers alike.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Inquiry, Learner Engagement, Science Instruction
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Gadelha, Rene – Childhood Education, 2018
Virtual reality (VR) has the potential to revolutionize education, as it immerses students in their learning more than any other available medium. By blocking out visual and auditory distractions in the classroom, it has the potential to help students deeply connect with the material they are learning in a way that has never been possible before.…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Simulated Environment, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Nicholson, Scott – Childhood Education, 2018
Escape rooms are "live-action team-based games where players discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to accomplish a specific goal (usually escaping from the room) in a limited amount of time." Escape Rooms are one type of Escape Game, which are narrative-based challenges that use puzzles, tasks,…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Games, Learner Engagement, Puzzles
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