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Knudsen, Jan Sverre; Aglen, Gry Sagmo; Danbolt, Ingrid; Engesnes, Nina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
Based on an empirical study in selected Norwegian kindergartens, this article investigates the practice of musically active employees, with or without professional training. The overarching aim is to develop an understanding of early childhood music practitioners that may challenge dominant views of professional identity and provide some new…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Music Activities, Music Education
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Baroutsis, Aspa; Kervin, Lisa; Woods, Annette; Comber, Barbara – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
Examining how young children learn to write is increasingly important as global society moves further towards a knowledge economy, where the production of texts of various kinds is an increasingly ubiquitous practice in everyday life and work. While there has been recent policy and practice focus on children's writing performance in standardised…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Freehand Drawing, Writing Processes, Young Children
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Yang, Weipeng – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
School leadership plays a critical role in providing appropriate and sustainable curriculum practices. However, there remain significant knowledge gaps in understanding early childhood curriculum leadership in Chinese contexts. In order to examine early childhood curriculum leadership in such contexts, this study analyses and interprets data from…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development, Leadership Responsibility, Preschool Curriculum
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Brown, Christopher P.; Englehardt, Joanna; Barry, David P.; Ku, Da Hei – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
An important factor that may be missing from recent attempts to counter, resist, and/or reconceptualize the neoliberal framing of the early education process is the actions of children, particularly those that reinforce the neoliberal assemblage of schooling they learn through their interactions with their teacher in school. This article begins to…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children
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Lee, Joohi; Pant, Mohan D. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article presents the correlation analyses of mathematics item response theory scores from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998 and 2010 data, and proposes the critical need for systematic efforts to improve the quality of pre- and in-service teachers of young children in teaching mathematics.
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Correlation, Item Response Theory, Longitudinal Studies
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Sadownik, Alicja R – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article contextualizes the dark sides of play from a cultural-historical perspective using Fraser's theory of social justice based on the concepts of recognition and redistribution. Through a micro-ethnographic analysis of a kindergarten's daily life and play situations between 2 five-year-old girls, the article describes the dark play from a…
Descriptors: Social Theories, Social Justice, Play, Ethnography
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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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Myers, Casey Y. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
Through multimodal retellings of kindergarten children's performances of "baby," this article aims to contribute to the emerging "posthuman conversation" within early childhood studies. Specifically, this work makes moves toward reconceptualizing children's becomings within educational contexts by, first, interrogating the ways…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Play, Early Childhood Education, Young Children
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Bjørgen, Kathrine; Svendsen, Birgit – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
This research is based on interviews that explore the reflections of 10 Norwegian kindergarten practitioners with regard to the importance of their involvement in children's physically active outdoor playtime. The data were analysed from a qualitative phenomenological perspective and resulted in basic themes that describe the practitioners'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Physical Activities, Play
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Lafton, Tove – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
Various forms of digital devices have established themselves as resources within constructions of professional practices in early childhood education. This article is centred on the question of how we might rethink an example of digital practice based on a Foucauldian understanding of discourse and a rhizomatic understanding of digital practice…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Technology Uses in Education, Kindergarten
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Grindheim, Liv Torunn – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
This article calls into question the idyllic picture of Norwegian kindergartens where harmonious and joyful interaction is the preferred and normal way to participate. If taking children's right to democratic participation and freedom of expression seriously, anger can also be seen as a legitimate way of participating. Conflicts of interest,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Psychological Patterns, Emotional Response, Kindergarten
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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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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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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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Pramling, Niklas – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2010
An exploratory study into the collaborative activity of creating a poem in early years education is reported. A group of 6-year-old children and their teacher making free-form poetry are followed for three consecutive lessons. The analytical interest is wide in scope, from looking at the process in terms of the verbal actions of the children and…
Descriptors: Poetry, Elementary School Students, Group Activities, Cooperative Learning
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