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Bernstein, Katie A. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
The past two decades have seen a proliferation of studies investigating, complicating, and reimagining the relationship between second language learning and identity. Yet, with only a handful of exceptions, these studies are limited to adolescent and adult second language learners. In this article, the author proposes that identity research with…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Self Concept, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Axelrod, Ysaaca – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
Drawing on the work of Celia Genishi, this article discusses data from an ethnographic case study of young Latina/o children, starting in their four-year-olds classroom in a Head Start Program through their first grade year in a dual-language program in a public school. The children attended a bilingual Head Start program that followed a…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Bilingual Schools, Bilingual Education, Preschool Children
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Colegrove, Kiyomi Sánchez-Suzuki; Adair, Jennifer Keys – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
This article documents what happened in a first grade classroom when young Latina/o children of immigrants had consistent classroom-based opportunities to use their agency in their learning. Applying theoretical constructs from development economics to data from the Agency and Young Children ethnographic project, we explore three forms of agency…
Descriptors: Young Children, Elementary School Students, Student Empowerment, Learning Experience
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Ranz-Smith, Deborah J. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
Teachers are asked to examine the potential opportunities for connecting themes of childhood play to the skills, habits of the mind, and principles of the disciplines. A comparative analysis of the explanations of first graders and the perceptions of their teachers, in separate focus groups, revealed a disparity in the significance of narrative…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Grace, Donna J.; Henward, Allison S. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
This study was an investigation into the ways in which two classes of six- and seven-year-old children in Hawaii talked about the media. The children were shown video clips from a variety of media and asked to respond both orally and in writing. The qualitative data gathered in this study were researcher notes, video and audio-taped focus group…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Mass Media Effects, Media Literacy, Video Technology
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Urbach, Jennifer; Eckhoff, Angela – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
Young learners come to the school environment with myriad literacy experiences, some of which are inevitably based in popular culture. While literacy knowledge drawn from experiences with popular culture has traditionally been viewed as less important than academic literacy, educators wishing to create classrooms that value all children need to…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Literacy Education, Educational Environment, Childrens Literature
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Binder, Marni – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
This article draws from a larger study that examines the multiple literacies inherent in children's drawings. The author discusses a qualitative research project conducted with a split grade one and two classroom in Toronto, Canada. She argues that pictorial images can be read as a form of literacy, where thought is made public through visual…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Childrens Art, Foreign Countries, Art Products
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Spencer, Tamara Glupczynski – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2009
In this article, the author explores the implementation of the K-3 Reading First initiative and its recommendation for scientifically based reading curricula. During a time of high-stakes testing and accountability, this policy has emphasized a skills-based approach to reading and placed importance on scripted teaching models. Using data from a…
Descriptors: Teaching Models, High Stakes Tests, Emergent Literacy, Reading Programs
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Grace, Donna J. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2008
Drawing upon post-structural and post-colonial theories, this study is an investigation into the ways in which five classes of first-grade children (six and seven year olds) in Florida and Hawaii talked about their ethnicities in a video pen pal project. The qualitative methods utilized in this research were participant observation, interviews,…
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Multicultural Education, Nationalism, Participant Observation
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Brooks, Margaret – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2005
Using examples from children drawing in a year one classroom, this article examines firstly, how drawing operates as a unique mental tool, and secondly, the role of drawing in the construction and development of knowledge. Young children utilize prior knowledge and experience to negotiate and construct meaning through their interactions with…
Descriptors: Young Children, Interpersonal Communication, Childrens Art, Freehand Drawing