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Rentzou, Konstantina; Slutsky, Ruslan; Tuul, Maire; Gol-Guven, Mine; Kragh-Müller, Grethe; Foerch, Daniela Fenu; Paz-Albo, Jesús – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Increased emphasis on academics has led to play becoming a controversial and topical issue in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Although play has been extensively researched we still lack consensus on what play is and how play is actually implemented and used in ECEC classrooms. The present cross-cultural study aims at…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Correlation, Play
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Brenneman, Kimberly; Lange, Alissa; Nayfeld, Irena – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
High quality early childhood education and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning have gained recognition as key levers in the progress toward high quality education for all students. STEM activities can be an effective platform for providing rich learning experiences that are accessible to dual language learners and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, STEM Education, Faculty Development, Preschool Curriculum
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Baker, Megina – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
An increase in the Dual Language Learner (DLL) population has led to a critical need for early childhood educators to understand how to best serve DLL children and their families. This article describes a qualitative multiple-case study that investigated specific teaching practices for DLLs in six community-nominated exemplary preschool classrooms…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Teaching Methods, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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Ulusoy, Mustafa – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
The goals of this formative experiment were threefold: (a) to teach the story/visual elements and characteristics of picturebooks to pre-service teachers (PSTs) from the classroom teacher education department and to help them use these elements with elementary school students, (b) to enable the PSTs to create original self-published picturebooks…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Grade 3, Grade 4, Picture Books
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Miller, Michele M.; Kehl, LeAnna M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
As the pressure to succeed academically is imposed on children earlier than ever before, it is essential to understand what characteristics are most important to parents and teachers in order to be school ready. While formally readiness is typically measured using chronological age and mastery of cognitive skills, it also involves physical,…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, School Readiness, Preschool Children
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Pirskanen, Henna; Jokinen, Kimmo; Karhinen-Soppi, Anu; Notko, Marianne; Lämsä, Tiina; Otani, Midori; Meil, Gerardo; Romero-Balsas, Pedro; Rogero-García, Jesús – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
The transition to formal education is a critical transition in children's lives that has importance for socio-emotional and behavioral functioning. In the transition process, teachers are key players who work intensively with children and their families. This article focuses on teachers' perceptions of children´s socio-emotional behavior during…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Cross Cultural Studies, Emotional Response, Child Behavior
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Kucharczyk, Suzanne; Sreckovic, Melissa A.; Schultz, Tia R. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
The complex and collaborative work of early childhood practitioners (e.g., educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers) and families requires effective implementation of evidence-based practices. Effective implementation of early childhood practices can be hindered by deeply held assumptions practitioners…
Descriptors: Speech Language Pathology, Guidance, Evidence Based Practice, Occupational Therapy
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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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Costantino-Lane, Tina – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
This article compares developmental kindergartens of the past to current academic kindergartens through the voices of kindergarten teachers who taught in both types. Data were obtained from interviews of ten public school kindergarten teachers from California with experience in kindergarten ranging 18-34 years (M = 24). Teachers indicated that…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Young Children
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Keung, Chrysa Pui Chi; Cheung, Alan Chi Keung – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Using a holistic support framework, this study investigated teachers' conceptions of effective play-based learning development and how their perceptions of its effectiveness related to whole-child development. Data were collected from a mixed method study. A total of 286 questionnaires from 50 Hong Kong kindergartens were collected and then 29…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Play, Kindergarten, Teacher Attitudes
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Allar, Ishonté; Jones, Emily; Bulger, Sean – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
Quality teacher-child interactions are characteristic of effective classrooms resulting in benefits for all children, but may be particularly important for children from low-income families. The purpose of this study was to explore the perception of Illinois Head Start teachers related to how "I am Moving, I am Learning" (IMIL) could…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Instructional Effectiveness
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Pyle, Angela; Prioletta, Jessica; Poliszczuk, Daniel – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
The increasing accountability framework in Kindergarten education has put pressure on teachers to ensure that students reach certain literacy milestones before proceeding to the subsequent grade. One result of this shift is a tension between an emphasis on academic learning and the use of developmentally appropriate practices, such as play.…
Descriptors: Play, Kindergarten, School Schedules, Literacy
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Timmons, Kristy – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
Teachers incorporate information from various sources as they form their academic expectations for students. The student record of prior achievement is the most salient factor that educators use to form their expectations for children's achievement. Research on the factors that influence educator expectations has primarily focused on the ways…
Descriptors: Teacher Expectations of Students, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Sak, Ramazan – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
This study compares the job satisfaction, job burnout and organizational cynicism of 233 early childhood teachers, 141 female and 92 male, with special attention to gender differences. Data were collected using a personal information form, Job Satisfaction Scale, Maslach Burnout Inventory-Educators Survey and Organizational Cynicism Scale, and the…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Comparative Analysis, Job Satisfaction, Burnout
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Jamil, Faiza M.; Linder, Sandra M.; Stegelin, Dolores A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
The success of new pedagogies depends on teachers' beliefs about what they entail, and the promises and challenges they hold. This study uses a mixed-methods approach to understand the beliefs of early childhood teachers who attended a professional development conference on STEAM teaching, an emerging approach that combine STEM disciplines and the…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Mixed Methods Research
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