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Stearns, Clio – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This article offers a critique of social-emotional learning programs through the lens of psychoanalytic theory and with a particular focus on the theoretical contributions of Kleinian psychoanalysis. In particular, the article draws on concepts of affective positions to show that social-emotional learning is mired in a paranoid-schizoid mentality…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Metacognition, Self Control
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Degotardi, Sheila – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article examines how joint attention episodes constitute a core feature of relational pedagogy for infants and toddlers. It draws on social interactionist approaches to language and cognitive development to propose that joint attention may afford significant current and future potential for young children's learning. However, most joint…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Early Childhood Education, Attention
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Brown, Christopher P; Weber, Natalie Babiak; Yoon, Yeojoo – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article documents the pedagogical and practical struggles of a sample of early educators in a large urban school district in the USA who engaged in a professional development course which offered them alternative conceptions of teaching that critically questioned the norms and practices of their high-stakes neo-liberal early education system.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Neoliberalism, Preschool Teachers, Urban Schools
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Garrity, Sarah; Guerra, Alison Wishard – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
The school-readiness gap for Latino dual language learners in the United States has been well documented, despite a strong research base highlighting effective strategies and practices for supporting their academic success. However, current educational practices reflect the hegemonic discourse that, because the United States is an English-speaking…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Role, Interviews, Experimental Groups
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Seland, Monica; Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Bratterud, Åse – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
The aim of the study on which this paper is based was to explore in which situations and contexts Norwegian 1-3-year-olds experience subjective wellbeing in day care. The data in this study was collected through qualitative phenomenological observations of 18 children, and an inductive process of analysis was conducted. The results show that…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Well Being, Child Care
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Simpson, Donald; Envy, Rose – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
Neoliberalism and an associated "new politics of parenting" adopts a predominantly economic rationale which discursively positions early childhood education and care (ECEC) as essential to tackling several social ills by allowing individual parents (particularly young mothers) to improve their labour force participation, thus boosting…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Low Income, Qualitative Research
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Miller, Kyle; Hilgendorf, Amy; Dilworth-Bart, Janean – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
This qualitative study was an exploration of mothers' perspectives on home-school connections to better understand the variable ways families engage with schools in early childhood. The study was conducted in the USA, and included 47 mothers with preschool-aged children who participated in semi-structured interviews concerning their children's…
Descriptors: Cultural Capital, Family School Relationship, Guidelines, Qualitative Research
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Cooper, Maria; Hedges, Helen – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
Increasing the participation rates of Pasifika children in early childhood settings is a policy target in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Yet, participation may not engender positive learning outcomes for children from diverse cultural backgrounds without attention to teacher knowledge and practice. The early childhood curriculum document, Te Whariki,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Diversity, Early Childhood Education, Outcomes of Education
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Davies, Cristyn; Robinson, Kerry H. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
Based on qualitative research, this article examines the complex kinship relations involved in constructing queer families. The discussion focuses on the heterogeneity of queer families; the difficulties encountered in association with processes of recognition and how this is negotiated across different contexts within queer families, extended…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Foster Care, Elementary Schools, Foreign Countries
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DeMulder, Elizabeth K.; Stribling, Stacia M. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
This qualitative research study was designed to explore the perceptions of parents with low income regarding the effects of involvement in a comprehensive preschool program on their children's development and on the families' quality of life. A purposeful sample of parents who became actively involved in the preschool community was interviewed…
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Preschool Education, Grounded Theory, Parent Attitudes
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Ritchie, Jenny – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
This article draws upon a range of theoretical domains, first to outline the historical rationale for the urgent changes needed to challenge and transform the dominator culture which has justified exploitation of Indigenous peoples and the resources of the earth. It invites educators to reconsider the narratives that are either consciously or…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries
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Loizou, Eleni – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
This was a two-phase qualitative study that investigated the humorous aspects of humorous photographs young children took in their school and home environment, which were examined in the context of the theory of the absurd and the empowerment theory. The participants in the study were six children--three boys and three girls--between the ages of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Photography, Interviews, Family Environment
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Agbenyega, Joseph S. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
Safe learning spaces allow children to explore their environment in an open and inquiring way, whereas unsafe spaces constrain, frustrate and disengage children from experiencing the fullness of their learning spaces. This study explores how children make sense of safe and unsafe learning spaces, and how this understanding affects the ways they…
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Classroom Design, Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries
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Bone, Jane; Cullen, Joy; Loveridge, Judith – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2007
Early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand includes different philosophical perspectives, may be part of the public or private sector and aims to be inclusive and holistic. The early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki, supports these aims. Aspects of the curriculum that are holistic may be conceptualized in diverse ways and this qualitative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Philosophy, Holistic Approach
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Barclay-McLaughlin, Gina; Hatch, J. Amos – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2005
This article is a dialog between colleagues from different races who struggle with the complexities of doing qualitative research with participants who come from backgrounds that do not match their own. Based on transcriptions of extensive audiotaped conversations, the article explores issues related to studying across difference. The discussion…
Descriptors: Race, Qualitative Research, Feminism, Critical Theory
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