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Palaiologou, Ioanna; Male, Trevor – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
In this conceptual article, the authors examine the context of early childhood education and care in England and the underpinning predominant ideologies to explore how these impact on the framing of leadership. The English context entails several contradictions (antinomies) at ontological, epistemological and axiological levels, and is heavily…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Epistemology
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Watson, Karen – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
In early childhood education, playing with friends has long been considered developmentally appropriate and an indicator of a child's growing social competency. 'We are all friends' is a familiar mantra heard in classrooms and playgrounds. For children with a diagnosed disability and their families, inclusive settings offer the promise of play…
Descriptors: Friendship, Play, Early Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities
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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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Yamada-Rice, Dylan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article reports on a knowledge-exchange network project that had the core aim of informing the development of a video game for hospitalized children. In order to do this, it brought together hospital play specialists, academics and representatives from the digital games industry to co-produce knowledge that could be used in the future…
Descriptors: Video Games, Hospitalized Children, Design, Coping
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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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Coulson, Mark; Oskis, Andrea; Gould, Rebecca L – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
In this article, the authors discuss the light and dark side of attachments and attachment style in physical and digital worlds. They argue that many games offer opportunities for the generation of new and meaningful attachments to both physical and digital others. They discuss two "fundamental attachment errors" and show how these can…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Video Games, Behavior Problems, Child Behavior
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Bjartveit, Carolyn; Panayotidis, E. Lisa – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
In an online graduate-level early childhood education course, the authors sought to playfully disrupt and transform educators' conceptions of children's "dark play," as provoked by contemporary popular culture. Embracing the imaginative potential of darkness and liminality, the course participants problematized and expanded their…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Play, Popular Culture, Student Attitudes
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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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Roselló, Jarod – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
My daughter has always been drawn to the frightening and the spooky, with a special interest in zombies. When she was four years old, she and I played a zombie video game together which instigated a series of zombie-related events. This article is a collection of metonymic moments rendered in comics and writing, that revisits these events as…
Descriptors: Video Games, Memory, Experience, Aesthetics
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Sinker, Rebecca; Phillips, Mike; de Rijke, Victoria – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
"Pregnant Rapunzel Emergency" is part of a series of online free games aimed at young girls (forhergames.com or babygirlgames.com), where dozens of characters from fairy tales, children's toys and media feature in recovery settings, such as "Barbie flu". The range of games available to choose from includes not only dressing,…
Descriptors: Computer Games, Females, Fairy Tales, Toys
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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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Balci, Sibel; Ahi, Berat – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This study discusses the differences between parents' childhood games and their children's game preferences. Four hundred and nineteen parents were surveyed to determine their play experiences as children as well as their children's play experiences today. The results of the study indicate that there is a gap between the time spent outdoors by…
Descriptors: Generational Differences, Play, Surveys, Children
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Arnott, Lorna; Grogan, Deirdre; Duncan, Pauline – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article explores the use of iPads as part of a child-centred data collection approach to understand young children's creativity. Evidence is presented from a small study of three- to five-year-old children's creative play. Analysis of the children's engagement with iPad video diaries and free-to-use tablet applications was logged across two…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Handheld Devices, Preschool Children, Creativity
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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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Adams, Megan; Fleer, Marilyn – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
Historically, "free play" in many European heritage communities has been a valued practice. However, political imperatives have challenged these beliefs and necessitated a more academic curriculum to raise standards, resulting in a "push-down" curriculum. By contrast, many Asia-Pacific communities have increasingly included…
Descriptors: International Schools, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development
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