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Mertala, Pekka – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
In this study, written assignments from preservice early childhood teachers were examined to find answers to the following research questions: (1) What beliefs do preservice teachers have about children and technology at home? (2) How are parents represented in preservice teachers' beliefs about children and technology? (3) What are the…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Beliefs, Preservice Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Lähteenmäki, Marko; Hakyemez-Paul, Sevcan; Pihlaja, Päivi – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Extra-familial support has been proven to be an important resource for families during early parenthood, but little attention has been paid to what supports should be available for fathers specifically and how fathers perceive different sources of support during early parenthood in the twenty-first century. This study examined Finnish fathers' (N…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Rearing, Social Support Groups, Socioeconomic Status
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Saraçoglu, Dürdane Sirin; Karaoglan, Deniz – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Drawing on cognitive science, child psychology, education and economics literature, this paper investigates the significance of early childhood development and highlights the value of investment in early childhood education (ECE). The young child requires adequate psycho-stimulation for the optimal development of the brain, which subsequently…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Human Capital, Global Approach, Foreign Countries
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Koivula, Merja; Gregoriadis, Athanasios; Rautamies, Erja; Grammatikopoulos, Vasilis – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Kindergarten teachers from different cultural backgrounds attribute various meanings to children's autonomy. There seems to be cultural differences in early childhood education curricula with regard to how a child's autonomy is described and how it is supported. This qualitative study asks: how do teachers narrate their perspective and pedagogical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Rautamies, Erja; Vähäsantanen, Katja; Poikonen, Pirjo-Liisa; Laakso, Marja-Leena – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study investigated the understudied issue of parental agency and related emotions in the educational partnership in the context of Finnish early childhood education and care. We asked (i) what types of parental agency can be identified in the educational partnership and (ii) in what ways emotions are related to these types of agency. The…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Partnerships in Education, Mothers, Fathers
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Lasanen, Maarit; Määttä, Kaarina; Uusiautti, Satu – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study focused on the peer support group activities organized in two northern-Finnish places for children with hearing loss and their experiences of it. This was an ethnographic child research, in which the research participants were 16 (12 girls, 4 boys, aged 7-17 years) northern-Finnish children with hearing loss. The main research data…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Hearing Impairments, Secondary School Students, Social Support Groups
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Öztürk Dönmez, Renginar; Bayik Temel, Ayla – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The aim of this review is to identify the behavioural soothing interventions (BSIs) used for reducing infant crying and to determine their effect. Studies had to describe an experimental study addressing infant crying and BSIs in the first six months after birth. Searches were performed in Web of Science, Pubmed, Science Direct, EBSCOhost,…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Intervention, Infant Behavior, Infants
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Paananen, Maiju; Lipponen, Lasse – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
In this paper, we consider pedagogical quality particularly as equal opportunities for participating in decision-making in preschool. Relying on Ferraris' [2013. "Documentality: Why it is necessary to leave traces." New York: Fordham University Press] theory of Documentality, we demonstrate how pedagogical documentation can contribute to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Equal Education, Educational Quality, Preschool Education
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Heikka, Johanna; Halttunen, Leena; Waniganayake, Manjula – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
This study investigated perceptions of early childhood education (ECE) professionals employed at three ECE centres on teacher leadership enactment in Finland. These professionals comprised childcare nurses, teachers and ECE centre directors. Theoretically, the study was anchored on an analysis of teacher leadership and distributed leadership…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Leadership, School Nurses
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Lundkvist, Marina; Nyby, Josefine; Autto, Janne; Nygård, Mikael – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Universal public childcare for children under seven has been central in Finland since the mid-1990s, capacitating both gender equality and children's human capital and wellbeing. In 2015, as a further step in the development of this system, early learning and childhood pedagogy was strengthened through the early childhood education and care (ECEC)…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Foreign Countries
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Eskelä-Haapanen, Sirpa; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Rasku-Puttonen, Helena; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
This study examines preschoolers' beliefs concerning their transfer into primary education. Data from 1386 Finnish preschoolers were obtained using interviews with parents at the end of the children's preschool year. The qualitative content analysis revealed categories, which encompassed peer relationships, relationship with teacher, learning,…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Beliefs, Foreign Countries, Parents
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Rintakorpi, Kati; Reunamo, Jyrki – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Documentation in early childhood education and care (ECEC) institutions has been developed for decades in various contexts. Today, documentation is preferred as an inclusive method of evaluating, planning, and developing ECEC in the curricula of many countries. Qualitative research on documentation has increased in past years, but quantitative…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Documentation, Kindergarten, Preschool Children
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Matarma, Tanja; Tammelin, Tuija; Kulmala, Janne; Koski, Pasi; Hurme, Saija; Lagström, Hanna – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Background: The factors associated with preschool-aged children's physical activity (PA) remains unclear. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine how different factors were associated with preschool-aged children's objectively measured PA and sedentary time. Methods: The study population was 5-6-year-old children (n = 140) and their…
Descriptors: Life Style, Physical Activity Level, Preschool Children, Foreign Countries
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Ahlskog-Björkman, Eva; Björklund, Camilla – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
This study focuses on teachers' ways of mediating meaning through communicative tools and modes in preschool thematic work. A socio-cultural perspective is used for analysis on how tools and modes are provided for children to make use of for communicative purposes. The research questions are: (1) what communicative tools do teachers use in their…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Communication Strategies, Teaching Methods
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Salonen, Eija; Laakso, Marja-Leena; Sevón, Eija – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
The paper aims at understanding the processes related to young children's belonging during daily arrivals at day and night care. Two aspects of a child's belonging are considered: membership and sense of belonging. Data were gathered by ethnographic observation of 8 children aged from 20 to 36 months in two Finnish day care centres offering day…
Descriptors: Young Children, Child Care, Group Membership, Ethnography
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