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Hsieh, Wu-Ying; McCollum, Jeanette A. – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This article reports and compares results from an interview study of early childhood teachers in the U.S. and Hong Kong, with a focus on the math outcomes that children may gain from play with unit blocks. Teachers were interviewed to obtain their ideas of the benefits of unit block play in three focal areas: geometry, measurement, and numeracy.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Knowledge Level
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Kokkinaki, Theano – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
We compared systematically the structure, the focus, the thematic sequences, the complexity and the syntactic properties between maternal and paternal infant-directed speech in engagements of infants with their mothers and fathers. Eleven mother-infant and 11 father-infant dyads were video-recorded during their natural interactions at home from…
Descriptors: Infants, Mothers, Fathers, Parent Child Relationship
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Chatzopoulos, Dimitris; Doganis, George; Kollias, Iraklis – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of creative dance on proprioception, rhythm and static balance in preschool children. The treatment group consisted of 32 preschool children which took part in a creative dance programme that lasted 2 months (twice a week), while the control group (30 preschool children) participated in an…
Descriptors: Creativity, Preschool Children, Dance Education, Psychomotor Skills
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Brown, Christopher Pierce; Weber, Natalie Babiak – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The continued standardisation of publicly funded early education programmes has led to teacher educators and researchers focusing in on what works in preparing teachers and their students to succeed in these environments. Such a focus prioritises an epistemological understanding of teaching and learning and leads to investigations examining…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Epistemology, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Experience
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Meehan, Catherine; Meehan, Patrick – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
By the time children are 8 years of age, their attitudes, values, identities and beliefs are shaped and becoming solidly formed. Early childhood educators are uniquely positioned in children's lives to promote positive values and beliefs and to foster authentic appreciation of difference. This important work is challenged by a discourse in wider…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Spiritual Development, Early Childhood Education, Social Attitudes
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Hashimoto, Yuko; Toda, Yuichi – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The present study examined whether young children demonstrated consistencies in their allocation patterns across distributions of positive and negative resources. Preschool children from younger (age 4-5) and elder (age 5-6) classrooms were asked to allocate rewards when one person contributed more than the other and to allocate the responsibility…
Descriptors: Young Children, Preschool Education, Rewards, Justice
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Yelinek, Jillian; Grady, Jessica Stoltzfus – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Emotion talk plays an important role in the social and emotional development of preschoolers, but not much work has shown how teachers talk about emotions in the classroom. We recorded preschool teachers' (N = 13) emotion talk in naturalistic observations. Teachers expressed 633 emotion-related utterances, about 3 per hour (range fewer than 1 to…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, Classroom Communication, Emotional Response
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Sezgin, Esin; Demiriz, Serap – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The present study was conducted in order to determine the effect of a training programme on behavioural self-regulation skills of preschool children. For this purpose, the research was carried out as an experimental study based on pre-test-post-test model with a control group. The study group consisted of 54 children. In this study,…
Descriptors: Play, Metacognition, Preschool Children, Pretests Posttests
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Cameron, David Lansing; Tveit, Anne Dorthe – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The purpose of this study was to identify features of successful collaboration among professionals and parents involved in supporting children with disabilities in early childhood education and care. The study employed a multiple-case study design comprising 6 cases and 30 adult participants, who were interviewed regarding their collaboration on…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Early Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities
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Robson, Sue; Brogaard-Clausen, Sigrid; Hargreaves, David – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Well-being is a significant concept in research, policy and practice in education, but consensus about what it is is challenging. In addition, the well-being of children under eight is under-researched. Using online surveys, this paper looks at the perspectives of 155 parent/carers and 285 practitioners in England on young children's well-being.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Well Being
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Walsh, Glenda; McGuinness, Carol; Sproule, Liz – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Against a backdrop of 'play' as the established notion of best practice in early childhood education, this paper sets out to trouble the discourse by exposing for critique the place of teaching within a play-based curriculum. The paper reports on lessons gleaned from a longitudinal play-based intervention in over 100 primary schools in Northern…
Descriptors: Play, Learning Theories, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Kokkinaki, Theano – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
I investigated the emotional coordination (matching, synchrony, completion and attunement) between infant and paternal facial expressions of emotion in the course of paternal questions addressed to infants during their spontaneous dyadic interaction. Eleven infant-father dyads were observed during their natural interactions at home from the second…
Descriptors: Infants, Fathers, Nonverbal Communication, Emotional Response
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Martin, Rebecca – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The current study explored the influence of three methods of parental emotion discourse (structured story-telling, reminiscing, and picture book) and their relation to preschoolers' emotion understanding. Thirty-seven families participated in the study. Analyses showed that the structured story-telling method produced more emotion words, was high…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Emotional Response, Discourse Analysis, Parent Child Relationship
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Honig, Alice Sterling – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Outdoor experiences allow teachers to focus on expanding child learning in different domains. Nature experiences can sharpen child senses, enrich vocabulary, increase spatial understandings, and permit more practice for large muscle skills. As well, teachers can arrange outdoor activities to promote positive peer cooperation and aesthetic…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Environmental Education, Young Children, Disabilities
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Botsoglou, Kafenia; Beazidou, Eleftheria; Kougioumtzidou, Eleni; Vlachou, Maria – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Given that there is a lack of children's active involvement in the school design process, the aim of the present multimethod study was to gather data in relation to children's active involvement towards the improvement of their own school's physical environment. Over a period of three months, twenty-nine children aged 4-5 years participated in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Rating Scales, Educational Quality, Educational Environment
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