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Delaney, Katherine K. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
In this article, the author examines the ways in which a classroom quality metric framed the teaching and learning experiences of teachers and children in three Head Start classrooms. Using comic subjectivity theory, the author critically analyzes the ways in which the high-stakes classroom quality measure used in Head Start settings directed her…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Quality, Teacher Competencies
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Madrid Akpovo, Samara; Nganga, Lydiah – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This colloquium problematizes the use of early childhood international field experiences as a tool for professional development with Euro-Western pre-service and in-service teachers. The authors critique experiences where minority-world educators teach or implement internships within majority-world contexts. It is critical for Euro-Western teacher…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Field Experience Programs, Preschool Teachers
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Brown, Christopher P; Weber, Natalie Babiak; Yoon, Yeojoo – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article documents the pedagogical and practical struggles of a sample of early educators in a large urban school district in the USA who engaged in a professional development course which offered them alternative conceptions of teaching that critically questioned the norms and practices of their high-stakes neo-liberal early education system.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Neoliberalism, Preschool Teachers, Urban Schools
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Delaney, Katherine K. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
Borderlands of practice are spaces where teachers are engaged in negotiating multiple conceptions of "best practices" within their daily teaching practice. Teachers at work in borderlands must actively negotiate varied conceptions, expectations, and assumptions about what is "best" for their students. These conceptions often…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Teacher Attitudes, Self Concept, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Jiles, Tywanda – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
This article address home visits and the professional development needs of teachers who perform visits. The author writes from a practitioner's point of view, focusing on training needs for providers. The author argues that training and preparation for conducting home visits is needed to equip professionals with the skills needed to execute this…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Home Visits, Preschool Teachers
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Nuttall, Joce – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
Developmental Work Research (DWR) is a methodology for simultaneous research and innovation in workplace settings, developed by Finnish researcher Yryo Engestrom. This interventionist approach builds on the principles of cultural-historical activity theory, articulated by developmental psychologists L.S. Vygotsky and A.N. Le'ontev. The article…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Innovation, Intervention, Educational Theories
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Reyes, Luis-Vincente – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
Creating a state comprehensive professional development system for the preparation of early childhood personnel in the USA requires a development framework that is inclusive and responsive to diversity. Over the past few years, states from around the country have begun to embark on journeys towards the development of such a system. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Young Children, Faculty Development, Professional Development
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Wu, Fang; Li, Xingbang; Wei, Quihong – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Through the 2002 Early Childhood Education Initiative, Shouguang City in the Shandong province of China expanded its early childhood education program to include children below the age of three. The strategies which were applied to ensure the successful implementation of the program included: (1) creating a three-tiered professional development…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
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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