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Sanchez, Lenny – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
This article suggests placemaking as a framework to more deeply understand how teaching and learning can take into account young children's cultural histories. Placemaking, a form of analysis commonly found in land development literature, critically interprets the relationship between power, politics and the production of place. In this article,…
Descriptors: Young Children, Biographies, Classroom Environment, Models
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Yazzie-Mintz, Tarajean – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
The goal of implementing a culture-based curriculum that draws upon indigenous knowledge, traditions, and language is currently in competition with demands placed on schools by high stakes educational reform to implement a standards-based curriculum in schools. Though often left out of the policy conversation, Native teachers in particular have…
Descriptors: Indigenous Knowledge, Early Childhood Education, Cultural Maintenance, Focus Groups
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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