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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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Pearson, Emma – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
This article seeks to draw attention to ways in which culturally based values and practices can and should influence implementation of globalised approaches to early childhood education and care across diverse contexts. Recent discussions have drawn attention to complexities associated with assimilation of globalised notions across diverse…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Cultural Context, Global Approach, Educational Change
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Yuen, Gail; Grieshaber, Susan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2009
The introduction of a voucher scheme for early childhood education in Hong Kong has resulted in significant changes in the field. This article reports data from a pilot study that aimed at understanding better how parents chose an early childhood education service following the introduction of a voucher scheme in Hong Kong. Eighty-six Chinese…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Focus Groups, Young Children, Educational Change
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Lee, I-Fang – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2008
For governments around the world, conceptualizing early childhood education and care as a site for an early start on educational, social, and economic investments has become a dominant trend of educational planning. Educational policies, both locally and globally, reflect the effects of a neoliberal political economic reasoning system. Voucher…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Planning, Freedom, Early Childhood Education
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Yuen, Gail W. K. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2007
The Hong Kong government has recently introduced a voucher system to early childhood education, indicating that the new policy is a milestone in the field. The overall goal of the policy is to improve the provision of early childhood education for the benefit of the children. Public debates reveal the unfamiliar nature of the subject to the local…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Educational Vouchers
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Pui-Wah, Doris Cheng – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
This article reports data from a study about the challenges of teaching reform carried out by three in-service kindergarten teachers in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Intending to improve the quality of teaching and learning, these teachers adapted Western teaching approaches such as High Scope and Project approaches, which they had…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Li, Yuen Ling – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Kindergarten teachers in Hong Kong are often criticised for not putting early childhood education theory into practice after their in-service training. It appears that they may be too concerned about academic work and discipline in the classroom and neglect to create a coherent vision of early childhood education. It might be suggested that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Chan, Esther Y. M. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
The focus of this study was to explore the relationship between culture and children's development, and to suggest that inquiry into narratives is a way of understanding how children live and develop in a cultural sense. The article begins by inquiring into the nature of culture in the Hong Kong context and explaining the ways in which it might…
Descriptors: Correlation, Child Development, Cultural Context, Foreign Countries
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Lam, Stella Wai Man; Wright, Susan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
This article examines the multifaceted nature of pre-primary music teachers' and supervisors' beliefs and practices in music education. It focuses on the general process of creativity (particularly as applied to music education); the classroom setting and how it influences the way music educators approach teaching and learning; and the structuring…
Descriptors: Music Education, Creative Activities, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
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Chan, Christine Mei Sheung – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
This article is concerned with parental involvement and participation in preschool education in Hong Kong. Based on the experience gained from a parental education programme, it is argued that three issues are crucial in the development of parental education: (1) an ecological approach to recognise the nature of parental education; (2) parental…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Parent Education, Preschool Education, Parent Participation
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Lee, Kenneth Siu Woo; Na, Anna Yeung On; Yee, Wong Shuk – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Hong Kong's most recent education reform proposal is the "Consultation Document of the Working Party on Harmonisation of Pre-primary Services" ("Consultation Document".) This examines the feasibility of combining kindergarten and childcare centres and having one single body regulating them. It has stimulated great responses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Consultation Programs, Position Papers