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Alnervik, Karin – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Swedish preschool teachers must systematically document activities in the preschool in order to evaluate the quality of these activities. Pedagogical documentation is one form of documentation that is proposed. The aim of this article is to discuss and create knowledge of structures and tools based on different communicative aspects of pedagogical…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience
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Sisson, Jamie Huff – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This article explores the lived and sometimes clandestine professional experiences of early childhood teachers who exist within contexts where dominant discourses of professional are competing with teacher's own understandings of their professional identities. Cultural models theory is used to shed light on the secrete and undercover work of…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Public Schools, Foreign Countries, Professional Identity
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Page, Jools – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
There is an increased international interest in how close attachment interactions with infants and toddlers are realised and interpreted by early years professionals. It is troubling for those who work in early years settings with infants and toddlers to know how best to demonstrate healthy loving attachment behaviours as an expectation of their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Infants, Toddlers, Early Childhood Education
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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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Garrity, Sarah; Guerra, Alison Wishard – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
The school-readiness gap for Latino dual language learners in the United States has been well documented, despite a strong research base highlighting effective strategies and practices for supporting their academic success. However, current educational practices reflect the hegemonic discourse that, because the United States is an English-speaking…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Role, Interviews, Experimental Groups
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Masoumi, Davoud – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
This study aimed to identify the ways in which information and communication technologies (ICT) are integrated in three preschools in south-western Sweden. The case study involved observations of and interviews with preschool teachers. The findings support claims that ICT can enhance preschool practices by providing a variety of complementary…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Information Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration
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Campbell, Stacey; Torr, Jane; Cologon, Kathy – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
Language-rich environments are key to overall quality in early childhood settings, including frequent child-staff interactions around picture books and dramatic play. In a language-rich environment, explicit teaching of literacy concepts, such as phonics, is embedded in authentic and meaningful situations where alphabet letters and sounds are…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Literacy Education, Phonics, Teaching Methods
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Hadley, Fay – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
There is a growing body of literature about the potential for early childhood settings to serve as community hubs to develop relationships with families. However, there is limited information about the ways in which families and early childhood staff interface in defining what constitutes "quality" within settings. Researchers have…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Child Care
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Ejuu, Godfrey – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
Knowledge of the history and development of early childhood development in Uganda is paramount if we are to know how far we have come and where we are going. This article explores the introduction of early childhood development in Ugandan policy and government interventions from 1960 to 2011. Data was obtained from a review of available early…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Conference Papers, Young Children, Foreign Countries
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Lim, Christina; Torr, Jane – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2008
Singaporean preschool teachers are responsible for preparing their young students for a formal education that is predominantly conducted in English. What these teachers believe about how young children learn English literacy skills is important to study, especially when much of the research is situated in very different contexts. Talking to…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Preschool Teachers, Literacy, English (Second Language)
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Pacini-Ketchabaw, Veronica – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2007
This article explores how child care acts as a zone of governance for immigrant young children, enacted through discourses of multiculturalism implied to be flexible and open. It draws on an analysis of early childhood educators' interpretations and understandings of their own practices when working with racialized young immigrant children and…
Descriptors: Child Care, Young Children, Cultural Pluralism, Immigrants
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Wilgus, Gay – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
Research literature suggests that adults from working-class minority backgrounds demonstrate authoritarian and coercive tendencies in their choices of disciplinary strategies when compared with adults from middle-class, "white", "Anglo", or "North American" backgrounds. However, in a recent study in New York City,…
Descriptors: Working Class, Discipline, Educational Practices, Preschool Teachers
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Surtees, Nicola – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2005
This article highlights initial findings from a qualitative research study in Aotearoa/New Zealand exploring the discursive production of children's sexuality in early childhood education. The article draws attention to teacher talk about and around sexuality. Drawing from heteronormative, developmentalist and biological discourses and discourses…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Resistance (Psychology)
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Kim, Mina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
The purpose of this study was to explore the philosophical basis of novice preschool teachers in South Korea and how this pedagogical orientation was reflected in their classrooms. Through interviews and observations, this research gave Korean preschool teachers the opportunity to voice their beliefs about child-centered pedagogy, and illuminated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Duncan, Judith – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Early childhood care and education services in New Zealand have experienced major policy reforms since 1984. Life history interviews were carried out over a two-year period to obtain insight into the impact of the major reforms on the lives of eight kindergarten teachers. This article looks at the teachers' own perceptions of the changes and how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Educational Change