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Ebbeck, Marjory; Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie; Warrier, Sheela – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
A large amount of research has been conducted on play and in recent years the disappearance of play has been questioned (e.g., Brown in Kindergartners get little time to play. Why does it matter? 2016; Ebbeck and Waniganayake in Play in early childhood education: learning in diverse contexts, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, 2016).…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Ebbeck, Marjory; Warrier, Sheela; Goh, Mandy – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
The paper discusses some research findings in Singapore that investigated if a relationships-based curriculum extended the active involvement of the infants, toddlers, and young children (up to the age of three) in their learning. Using a relationships-based curriculum, a study conducted over a year involved the use of a well-tested, traditional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Infants, Toddlers, Young Children
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Li, Li; Tan, Chee Lay – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
In a bilingual environment such as Singaporean Chinese community, the challenge of maintaining Chinese language and sustaining Chinese culture lies in promoting the daily use of Chinese language in oral and written forms among children. Ample evidence showed the effect of the home language and literacy environment (HLE), on children's language and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Bilingualism, Family Literacy
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Ebbeck, Marjory; Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie; Chan, Yvonne; Goh, Mandy – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
Debates continue about the access young children have to technological devices, given the increasingly accessible and available technology in most developed countries. Concerns have been expressed by parents/caregivers and researchers, and questions have been raised about possible risks and benefits of these devices on young children who, in some…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Parents
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Ebbeck, Marjory; Phoon, Dora Mei Yong; Tan-Chong, Elizabeth Chai Kim; Tan, Marilyn Ai Bee; Goh, Mandy Lian Mui – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2015
A child's positive sense of well-being is central to their overall growth and development. With an increasing number of mothers in the workforce, many infants and toddlers spend much time in child care services. Hence it is crucial that caregivers provide a secure base for the child to develop secure attachment with educarers. Given multiple…
Descriptors: Well Being, Security (Psychology), Attachment Behavior, Teamwork
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Ebbeck, Marjory; Teo, Geraldine Lian Choo; Tan, Cynthia; Goh, Mandy – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2014
In most countries the funding for early childhood education has increased and governments in some countries have taken serious steps to bring about positive change in the profession. However, the increase in funding by governments and other funding organisations around the world has, understandably, attracted increased accountability as these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Toddlers, Early Childhood Education, Child Development
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Ebbeck, Marjory; Saidon, Suraya Binte; Rajalachime, Gunathilakan nee; Teo, Lay Yan – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2013
The issue about when children should begin primary schooling continues to be an area for discussion amongst educators, parents, and children who indeed have some views about this. The compulsory entry age of children into formal schooling is different in many countries. It is not only the starting age that has invoked discussion, but also the…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Elementary Schools, Foreign Countries, Young Children
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Dixon, L. Quentin; Wu, Shuang; Daraghmeh, Ahlam – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2012
Three common assumptions concerning bilingual children's language proficiency are: (1) their proficiency in two languages is usually unbalanced; (2) low socioeconomic status (SES) indicates low proficiency in both languages; and (3) encouraging parents to speak some societal language at home will promote its development. Examining the vocabulary…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Dravidian Languages, Bilingualism, Bilingual Students
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Ebbeck, Marjory; Chan, Yvonne Yoke Yin – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2011
In an effort to improve preschool education, the Singapore government has embraced the need for change by identifying needed policies related to preschool education. These changes require teachers to rethink their approach to learning and teaching. A proposed tool suggested in this paper that may help facilitate curriculum change is the use of…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Preschool Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Ebbeck, Marjory; Chan, Yvonne Yoke Yin; Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2011
Upgrading the status of early childhood teaching and improving job satisfaction are areas of concern to practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders in the early childhood field. Ways to upgrade practicing teachers, including their involvement in research, is an on-going challenge. This paper reports on a research in Singapore where a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Researchers, Early Childhood Education, Teachers
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Ebbeck, Marjory; Warrier, Sheela – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2008
The purpose of this study was to analyse the contents of one of the leading newspapers of Singapore in an effort to identify the public image of the children of the nation. Newspaper clippings of news/articles, pictures/photographs and advertisements featuring children below 15 years of age were collected over a one-week period and the content…
Descriptors: Children, Foreign Countries, News Media, Childrens Rights
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Ee, Jessie; Wong, Khoon Yoong; Aunio, Pirjo – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2006
Young children's number sense is essential for the acquisition of higher number skills in later years. Most recent studies focus on children over 6 years of age only. To extend the scope, this study dealt with the performance of children aged 4-7 years in 3 cities: Singapore, Beijing and Helsinki (This study is an extension of the research of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Numeracy, Gender Differences