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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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Penn, Helen – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
This colloquium argues that writings on leadership in the early years commonly assume a service ethos. The aim of nurseries and other early childhood settings is to provide a service for children and their parents, and the task of leadership is seen to be to find effective ways of defining and realizing this aim. But increasingly, and especially…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Commercialization
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Moreno, Amanda J.; Nagasawa, Mark K.; Schwartz, Toby – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
Social and emotional learning is a young field, but a very old concept. The idea that children require explicit instruction in social-emotional capacities is present in the writings of philosophers as far back as Plato, and partly constitutes the roots of the "whole-child development" and "developmentally appropriate practice"…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children
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Michael Luna, Sara; Grey, Leslee J. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
Drawing on case-study data, this inquiry explores the lived experiences of four universal pre-kindergarten teachers to address the question: How do practitioners narratively interpret a local school district policy directive of child autonomy, use their professional capacities to reconstruct the directive to address diverse students' needs, and…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teaching Experience, Board of Education Policy, Personal Autonomy
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Pérez, Michelle Salazar; Kim, Koeun; Cahill, Betsy – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
In this article, the authors reflect on Myrna's Children's Village, their university laboratory school located in southern New Mexico in the USA. The Village serves children from the age of six weeks to five years through an array of early childhood programs. This diversity provides a unique context, while also posing issues and concerns, such as…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators, Laboratory Schools, Preschool Education
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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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Skjaeveland, Yngve – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article discusses the teaching of history in early childhood education and care centres and children's understanding of history. Based on interviews with eight Norwegian early childhood education and care teachers and on interpretative phenomenological analysis, the article shows how the early childhood education and care centres teach…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods
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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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Liljestrand, Johan; Hammarberg, Annie – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Documentation has become an important issue for policy, practice and accountability in many national contexts. The documentation of children's activities is a requirement in the national syllabus for the Swedish preschool. However, the documentation of children is always a social construction that focuses on certain things and excludes (possible)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Documentation, Personal Autonomy
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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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Ulla, Bente – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article explores sleep among kindergarten infants and toddlers. Although the collective order of sleep in kindergarten makes it a relational issue, the search here is for relations that extend beyond human actors and beyond the idea of the pram as a sleep container used by a sleeping subject. Here, sleep is seen as entangled with bodies and…
Descriptors: Sleep, Preschool Children, Infants, Toddlers
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Kucirkova, Natalia – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
Since the early 2010s, there has been a proliferation of new platforms for children's stories (e.g. storybook apps or iBooks), but not necessarily greater diversity of story content or children's greater interest in reading. This article argues for a new approach to address the apparent paradox of a wider availability of children's literature…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Reading Interests, Story Reading
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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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Reinertsen, Anne Beate – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article is crafted through three scenes, through which the author tries to imagine quality as something that is third space, semiotic, plasticity, eternal, and simultaneously something solid and obviously good here and now, through a Spinozian/Deluzian/Braitottian joy/you/me. The author rhizomatically tries to lay everything out on a plane of…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Semiotics, Social Change, History
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