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Kovac, Lisa M.; Furr, Jami M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Selective mutism is a relatively uncommon, yet significantly impairing anxiety disorder that causes difficulties in young children when communicating in social situations (such as school) even though they speak normally when they are comfortable (such as at home). Early childhood educators play a unique role in helping to identify selective…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Psychosomatic Disorders, Communication Problems, Preschool Children
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Wickstrom, Hanna; Pyle, Angela; DeLuca, Christopher – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
There is rising concern in research and practice to improve early years mathematics education as initial mathematical mastery sets the foundation for future academic success. In response to these concerns, this study used observational data from 20 kindergarten classrooms to understand current pedagogies teachers use for mathematics. In…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction
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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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Habók, Anita; Babarczy, Anna – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
The paper discusses children' attitudes towards school and learning soon after entering primary school in Hungary. First and second grade primary school students (N = 33) were interviewed. The interviews explored the following questions: What are the teachers' and the children's roles in the classroom? What is learning? Where do children learn?…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Attitudes
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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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Wyatt, Tasha; Chapman-DeSousa, Brook – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
Although small group instruction is often endorsed in teaching young children, teachers are rarely given explicit instruction on how to move instruction into small groups where effective adult-child interactions can take place. This study examines how 14 early childhood educators transitioned their instruction from whole to small group teaching…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Small Group Instruction, Young Children, Teacher Competencies
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Knauf, Helen – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
The study presented here examines the contribution of portfolios to the communication between parents and early childhood education and care centres. Using content analysis techniques, 2104 portfolio entries are examined with a view to establishing what impression they are intended to create. While the actual purpose of portfolios emphasizes the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care Centers, Portfolios (Background Materials), Preschool Teachers
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Moreno, Amanda J.; Shwayder, Irena; Friedman, Ilana Dvorin – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
Executive function (EF) encompasses higher-order mental processes necessary for the conscious control of thought and action in the service of goals. Once thought not to apply to children at all, EF is now at the center of a burgeoning body of research on young children over the last 10-15 years indicating that it is a critical foundation of school…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Executive Function, School Readiness, Literature Reviews
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Leggett, Nicole – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
Creativity is a topic of wide global interest, often discussed in fields such as education, psychology and business (Runco, "Divergent thinking and creative potential," Hampton Press, New York, 2013; Yoruk and Runco, "Journal for Neurocognitive Research" 56:1-16, 2014). However, the relationship of pedagogical practices in…
Descriptors: Creativity, Teacher Role, Misconceptions, Teaching Methods
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Erwin, Elizabeth J.; Maude, Susan P.; Palmer, Susan B.; Summers, Jean Ann; Brotherson, Mary Jane; Haines, Shana J.; Stroup-Rentier, Vera; Zheng, Yuzhu; Peck, Nancy F. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
Early childhood practitioners can play a vital role in the development of early self-determination in partnership with families. Self-determination has been generally considered to be about personal agency or control that can also relate to the quality of one's life. Young children with disabilities start to develop a range of critical skills such…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Role
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Barnyak, Natalie Conrad; McNelly, Tracy A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
This mixed method study, grounded in Vygotsky's sociocultural theory, examines if nonfiction e-books read independently by children enrolled in a summer reading program will increase vocabulary, improve comprehension, and enhance motivation to read as compared to children reading nonfiction trade books with adult support. Findings indicate…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Printed Materials, Electronic Publishing, Vocabulary
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Stanton-Chapman, Tina L. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2015
Teachers play an important role in expanding and supporting children's play and interactions with peers. This manuscript provides specific guidelines for interventions teachers can use to promote successful peer interactions in preschool settings. The strategies discussed include: (a) preparing the physical environment for play (e.g., toy…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Preschool Children, Dramatic Play, Preschool Teachers
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Pyle, Angela; Bigelow, Ashley – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2015
The benefits of play to children's development and academic learning are often discussed in the research. However, inconsistencies in definitions of play and differing perspectives concerning the purpose of play in educational settings make it challenging for teachers to determine how to productively integrate play-based pedagogies into their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Child Development, Academic Standards
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Lanigan, Jane – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2014
Many preschool children fail to achieve the National Association for Sport and Physical Education physical activity recommendations placing themselves at increased risk of overweight and its associated health consequences. The early learning and care system is well positioned to intervene. Yet few child obesity prevention efforts have focused on…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Physical Activity Level, Exercise, Preschool Children
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Han, Heejeong Sophia – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2014
There is a growing recognition that young children's social competence is critical because it is positively associated with their school readiness and academic success. However, professional development (PD) opportunities for early childhood teachers to enhance their roles in promoting young children's social competence are limited. In…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Interpersonal Competence, Young Children, Preschool Teachers
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