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Smidt, Wilfried; Kammermeyer, Gisela; Roux, Susanna; Theisen, Christiane; Weber, Christian – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
The career success of preschool teachers has been discussed to be important because it can be a precondition for the ability to provide a high-quality preschool education. Consequently, the identification of factors that can help explain individual differences in career success is a crucial research issue. Previous research covering various…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Personality Traits, Locus of Control, Self Efficacy
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Smidt, Wilfried – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
After a first peak in the late 1960s and early 1970s, early childhood education and care (ECEC) again plays an important role in the educational system in Austria. Over 90% of 3-5-year-old children attend non-familial institutions such as preschools. A consequence of this development is that new challenges arise, which have become the subject of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Preschool Education
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Smidt, Wilfried – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
Nonacademic and academic pedagogues working in childhood education are involved in multiple occupational activities. Theoretical frameworks focussing on career development and processes of professionalisation may provide hints about differences in the occupational activities of nonacademic and academic pedagogues as well as with regard to how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Predictor Variables, Early Childhood Education, Job Skills
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Hachfeld, Axinja; Anders, Yvonne; Kuger, Susanne; Smidt, Wilfried – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
Home and educational institutions are children's most important external influences and a positive partnership between the two can positively affect children's cognitive and non-cognitive development. Quality of family-preschool partnership (FPP) can depend on preschool and family characteristics. For Germany, studies show that immigrant parents…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education
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Smidt, Wilfried; Rossbach, Hans-Günther – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
A large body of research has examined the quality of educational processes in preschools, but it has usually been studied at the group level. Thus, there is a lack of research on the quality of educational processes as experienced by individual children. Therefore, this study investigated the quality of educational processes in preschools at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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Smidt, Wilfried; Roux, Susanna – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
Against the background of theories and research, it is crucial to gather in-depth information about the Big Five personality traits of pedagogues as well as prospective pedagogues. Such information can be attained by comparing them with a cross section of the population. However, there is a research gap concerning the Big Five of early childhood…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Personality Traits, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers