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Aubrey, Carol Anita – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
This article uses autoethnography as the method of inquiry to explore definitions and contexts of early childhood education leadership. This affords a new space between the subjective and objective, the autobiographical and the cultural, to write in a way that lies between literature and the social sciences. Against a backcloth of scientific and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Styles
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Wright, Travis – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
The purpose of this investigation is to deepen understanding of the clandestine professional lives of men who care for young children, exploring the pressure to hide parts of themselves experienced by many. The author utilizes an autoethnographic approach to examine social and psychological experiences he has navigated during his work as a…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Caregiver Attitudes, Professional Identity
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Carlyle, Donna – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This article discusses the merits of vitalism theory in practice. It suggests a more creative and ecological approach to vitalism theory in the field of child health and development as a way of unlocking childhood potential and research innovation. By using an example from the author's doctoral research concept (based on Deleuzian ideas) for…
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Health, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Philosophy
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Nash, Kindel; Howard, Joy; Miller, Erin; Boutte, Gloria; Johnson, George; Reid, Lisa – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Grounded in critical and emancipatory theories, five critical ethnographies about the lives of children, grandchildren, colleagues, students, and teachers are analyzed and synthesized to illuminate the ways in which individuals are racially socialized over their lifespans. Three propositions for early childhood contexts were apparent across the…
Descriptors: Race, Critical Literacy, Family Environment, Early Childhood Education
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Nilsson, Monica; Ferholt, Beth; Lecusay, Robert – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
In this article, the authors problematize the dichotomization of play and learning that often shapes the agenda of early childhood education research and practice. This dichotomization is driven in part by the tendency to define learning in terms of formal learning (i.e. learning as an outcome of direct instruction and school-based approaches that…
Descriptors: Play, Learning Processes, Child Development, Outcomes of Education
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Kalkman, Kris; Hopperstad, Marit Holm; Valenta, Marko – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article approaches newcomer migrant girls' experiences with social competition and relational aggression. This the authors do through a detailed analysis of the interactional practices that a group of preschool-aged girls make use of as they socially exclude one of two newcomer migrant girls from participating in a sharing activity involving…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Care Centers, Preschool Children, Females
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Procter, Lisa; Hackett, Abigail – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
In this article, the authors bring together the cultural studies of emotion with theories that foreground the agency of place and objects in order to analyse the entanglement of place, children and emotion (particularly fear) in children's play encounters. When children, objects and places come into play with each other, intensities and emotions…
Descriptors: Play, Emotional Response, Young Children, Ethnography
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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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Huh, Youn Jung – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
In contrast to studies focusing on digital games as learning tools, this study shows how young children use digital games as a means of facilitating spontaneous play in their everyday lives. This article highlights how 4 three-year-old children's play with digital games revealed their ability to create new forms of play by mixing their digital…
Descriptors: Video Games, Young Children, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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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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Jones, Liz; Rossholt, Nina; Anastasiou, Thekla; Holmes, Rachel – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article considers what the repercussions are when the concept of "quality" is examined within the epistemological and ontological theoretical shifts that are afforded by post-humanism. In particular, Braidotti's configuring of thinking as "nomadic activity" and the need for "process ontology", together with…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Epistemology, Humanism, Educational Philosophy
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Andrew, Yarrow – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
This article examines the value of work in childcare, and the ways this is impacted by historical schemes of value in relation to social class and gender. It critically examines the push for professionalism within the field, showing that this favours particular classed forms of cultural capital, while rendering other forms of capital invisible.…
Descriptors: Child Care, Social Class, Gender Differences, Cultural Capital
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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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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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McArdle, Felicity; Knight, Linda; Stratigos, Tina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
This article examines how creativity and the arts can assist teachers who teach from a social justice perspective, and how knowledge built through meaningful experiences of difference can make a difference. Just as imagining is central to visual arts practice, so too is the capacity to imagine a necessity for social justice. The authors ask what…
Descriptors: Creativity, Social Justice, Visual Arts, Imagination
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