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Selby, Jane M.; Bradley, Benjamin S.; Sumsion, Jennifer; Stapleton, Matthew; Harrison, Linda J. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This article evaluates the concept of infant 'belonging', central to several national curricula for early childhood education and care. Here, the authors focus on Australia's Early Years Learning Framework. Four different meanings attach to 'belonging' in the Early Years Learning Framework, the primary being sociopolitical. However, 'a sense of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Infants, Toddlers, Attachment Behavior
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Sumsion, Jennifer; Harrison, Linda; Letsch, Karen; Bradley, Benjamin Sylvester; Stapleton, Matthew – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This article considers opportunities and risks arising from the prominence of the belonging motif in Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and, more implicitly, in the National Quality Standard, against which the quality of the early childhood education and care services is assessed. A vignette constructed from case study data generated in…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance
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Arndt, Sonja – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Early childhood education settings are arguably places of community, togetherness and belonging. But what if they are not? What if individuals' senses of identity, place or reality clash, do not fit or, worse, repel or offend? This article picks up on the largely under-researched area of teachers' belonging and sense of cultural identity in early…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes, Professional Identity
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Peers, Chris – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
The theory of belonging as it arises in the theme of the Australian "Early Years Learning Framework" suggests a complex arrangement of philosophical concepts, which deserve rigorous explication and interrogation. In this article, the author draws out some of the most pertinent implications of 'belonging' for the theory of early learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Philosophy, Early Childhood Education, Risk
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Mitchell, Linda; Bateman, Amanda – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
As a concept, 'belonging' is acknowledged to be complex, culturally determined and multifaceted. The processes of supporting belonging through early childhood education, especially where different cultural beliefs require understanding and negotiation, are not well understood. This is certainly the case for refugee children and families within…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Refugees, Early Childhood Education, Culturally Relevant Education
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Press, Frances; Woodrow, Christine; Logan, Helen; Mitchell, Linda – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Since the 1990s, neo-liberal economics has profoundly altered the nature and delivery of early childhood education and care in both Australia and New Zealand through the creation of childcare markets. Accompanying the rise of the market has been a discourse of childcare as a commodity -- a commodity marketed and sold to its consumers (read…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Commercialization
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Rameka, Lesley – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Belonging and being are inextricably linked. From a Maori perspective, belonging and being can be viewed through a number of interconnected historical and contemporary frames. One frame is derived from Maori perceptions of the creation of the universe and genealogical relationships to the universe and everything in it. Another frame of belonging…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, Pacific Islanders, History, Values
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Silin, Jonathan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Hope is at the heart of the educational endeavour. Yet it is a challenge for educators to sustain a sense of hope in a worried world where terrorism, mass migrations, global warming and ultra-right political movements are on the rise. Acknowledging that hopefulness always involves risk, this article identifies three pedagogical practices which…
Descriptors: Risk, Early Childhood Education, Psychological Patterns, Children
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Lee, Joohi; Pant, Mohan D. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article presents the correlation analyses of mathematics item response theory scores from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998 and 2010 data, and proposes the critical need for systematic efforts to improve the quality of pre- and in-service teachers of young children in teaching mathematics.
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Correlation, Item Response Theory, Longitudinal Studies
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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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Cheeseman, Sandra – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Australia's National Quality Framework identifies responsibilities for early childhood educators who work with infants to plan for and assess their learning. Educators are urged to be "responsive to children's ideas and play" and to "assess, anticipate and extend children's learning". Responsiveness in relation to infants is…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Infants, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education
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Barron, Ian; Taylor, Lisa; Nettleton, Jan; Amin, Shabnam – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article seeks to explore the development of the relationship between a group of early childhood academics from the same university and practitioners from a particular early years setting in the north of England into an innovative professional development and research project (2-Curious). The article uses Foucauldian notions of heterotopia to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Research Projects
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Penn, Helen – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article considers the contribution of memoir as a method for understanding complex early childhood issues. It recounts the author's first visit to Tanzania, a low-income country with a chequered history of independence from colonial rule. The article uses memories from that initial visit to reflect on the changing interpretations of colonial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Developing Nations, Politics of Education
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