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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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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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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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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