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Ucus, Sukran; Acar, Ibrahim H. – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Creative school environments use creative approaches in their curriculum, content, and teaching and learning. Considering that creativity is fostered by all elements of educational processes such as teachers, classrooms, and school environments, the purpose of the current study was to explore perceptions of Turkish student teachers in an early…
Descriptors: Creativity, Play, Freedom of Speech, Freehand Drawing
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Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen; Mischka, Melissa; Sands, Kaitlin – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The present study examined parental guidance of young children's inquiry during joint interactions in the home environment. Half of the parents received inquiry-based guidance instructions, encouraging their children to observe, question, predict, and evaluate; the control group received no information about guidance. Thirty-two families were…
Descriptors: Parents as Teachers, Parent Participation, Guidance, Preschool Children
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Ahmetoglu, Emine – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The purpose of the current study was to examine the associations between child characteristics (i.e. gender, age, enjoying outdoor) and familial characteristics (i.e. parent education and income), and Turkish children's biophilia (innate tendency to connect with nature). In addition, the current study also attempted to examine the association…
Descriptors: Correlation, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Parent Background
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Holmes, Robyn M.; Gardner, Brianna; Kohm, Kristen; Bant, Christine; Ciminello, Anjelica; Moedt, Kelly; Romeo, Lynn – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study examined the connection between young children's social play, creativity, storytelling, and language abilities. Participants were 56 primarily European American preschool children. First, to assess creativity we asked children to draw several pictures. Children created stories about their pictures during the creative process. Second,…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Language Skills, Creativity, Play
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Xie, Sha; Li, Hui – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The goal of this study was to explore the inter-parental differences and the major clusters of Chinese parenting profile in a sample of preschoolers' fathers and mothers in urban China. Eighty-six Chinese couples in Shenzhen completed a parenting style questionnaire, and four couples were interviewed to provide additional illumination. A paired…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parenting Styles, Preschool Children, Fathers
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Majoko, Tawanda – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study examined teachers' strategies for inclusion of children experiencing parental separation and divorce in mainstream early childhood development (ECD) in Zimbabwe. Entrenched in international research findings on best practices in inclusion and support for children experiencing parental separation and divorce in mainstream education, this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Inclusion, Student Needs
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Marume, A.; Mafaune, P.; Maradzika, J.; January, J. – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Growth monitoring (GM) is integral in child health programming. More than 73% of children under-five years in Mutasa district were missed during routine GM in 2015. We set out to evaluate the GM programme in 20 health facilities within Mutasa, Zimbabwe. A comparative process-outcome evaluation using the Logical Framework approach was used. A desk…
Descriptors: Child Development, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Child Health
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Höltge, Lea; Ehm, Jan-Henning; Hartmann, Ulrike; Hasselhorn, Marcus – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study addresses preschool teachers' self-efficacy beliefs in assessment and promotion of children's early language, social-emotional, and mathematical skills. The aim of the study was to find out to what extent preschool teachers believe to be able to assess and promote those skills, respectively. In a sample of 368 German preschool teachers,…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Language Acquisition
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Borg, Farhana; Winberg, T. Mikael; Vinterek, Monika – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study explored Swedish preschool children's knowledge about the environmental impact of various transport modes, and investigated whether or not eco-certification has any role to play in relation to this knowledge. Additionally, this study examined children's perceived sources of knowledge. Using illustrations and semi-structured questions,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Knowledge Level, Ecology
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Hall, Anna H.; White, Kelley M.; Guo, Ying; Emerson, Andrea – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The current study used a mixed method design with 245 preschool children, 255 teachers, and 156 parents. Researchers interviewed children and surveyed teachers and parents about their perceptions of preschool children's writing abilities and developmental writing stages. The results of the study showed that each group defined writing differently…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Godin, Julie; Freeman, Andrew; Rigby, Patty – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) demonstrate limited playfulness. Their difficulty engaging in meaningful interaction with others renders playful engagement in social interactions a challenge. Although little direct evidence exists regarding the promotion of these children's playful engagement, links can be established with many traits…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Play, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Gastaldi, Francesca Giovanna Maria; Longobardi, Claudio; Pasta, Tiziana; Prino, Laura Elvira – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Playing is essential for the development of higher psychological functions. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that playing constitutes an essential step in children's socio-cognitive development by describing playtime as the indicator of the gradual overcoming of self-centred thinking, with a view to acquiring new social adjustment…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Play, Nursery Schools, Imitation
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Kotaman, Hüseyin; Balci, Asli – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The purpose of this study was to compare the impact of two storybooks -- one with realistic and one with non-realistic characters -- on children's comprehension performance. Children's performances in character and event recall, reasoning and problem-solving were compared. The participants were 100 young children enrolled in 1 of 13 classes at 4…
Descriptors: Story Reading, Books, Childrens Literature, Preschool Children
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Marcone, Roberto; Caputo, Antonietta – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
A Friend is truly a treasure, in accordance with age and competence's qualitative changes. The aim of this study was to confirm the increase in friendship competence and its multifactorial nature in 3- up to 10-year-old children, and to verify gender differences, and parenting influences on the concept of friendship. A semi-structured interview…
Descriptors: Friendship, Interpersonal Competence, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students
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Schmitt, Sara A.; Korucu, Irem; Jones, Blake L.; Snyder, Frank J.; Evich, Carly D.; Purpura, David J. – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
The primary aim of this study was to examine associations between executive functioning (EF) and child weight status (categorized from body mass index [BMI] percentiles) in a sample of preschool children. Participants included 80 preschool children (mean age = 4.17 years, female = 52%). Hierarchical regression analyses as well as analysis of…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Self Control, Body Weight, Body Composition
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