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Alesi, Marianna; Pecoraro, Donatella; Pepi, Annamaria – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
Executive functioning (EF) is a key cognitive process for development. Little is known about EF in Kindergarten children at risk for developmental coordination disorder (DCD), despite this age being one of the most critical and intensive period of motor and cognitive development. In our investigation we compared EF in kindergarten children at risk…
Descriptors: Executive Function, Kindergarten, Young Children, At Risk Students
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Rytioja, Marleene; Lappalainen, Kristiina; Savolainen, Hannu – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
Many behavioural and emotional characteristics are associated with children's peer relationships. The purpose of this study is to examine behavioural and emotional strengths of sociometrically popular, rejected, controversial, neglected, and average children. 773 third-grade children (51% girls) are assessed with a sociometric questionnaire and…
Descriptors: Peer Acceptance, Rejection (Psychology), Peer Relationship, Elementary School Students
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Funderud, Tonje; Mononen, Riikka; Radišic, Jelena; Laine, Anu – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
The study aimed to investigate variations in addition and subtraction fluency by observing grade three students in Norway (n = 253, M[ subscript age] = 8.38 y.) and Finland (n = 209, M[subscript age] = 9.35 y.) while controlling for their age and non-verbal reasoning. Gender differences were also examined. The focus of the study was on the…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Numeracy, Grade 3, Elementary School Students
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Shilshtein, Evguenia; Margalit, Malka – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
This study compared discrepancies between children's academic and social self-perceptions and parents' and teachers' perceptions of children's academic and social competence among 89 first-grade children: 45 children at risk for learning disabilities (RLD) and 44 of typically developing peers (TD). The relationship between self-perceptions among…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, At Risk Students, Grade 1, Learning Disabilities
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Kvande, Marianne Nilsen; Bjørklund, Oda; Lydersen, Stian; Belsky, Jay; Wichstrøm, Lars – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
As traditional teaching methods may fail to serve children with special needs, special education (SE) services aim to compensate for the shortcomings of conventional schooling. However, despite of numerous studies on the effectiveness of SE services, the influence of potential selection bias remains a real challenge, and only a few studies have…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Special Education, Academic Achievement, Special Needs Students
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Takriti, Rachel A.; Atkinson, Susan J.; Elhoweris, Hala – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
Starting school has been shown to correlate with later school outcomes. Teachers working in early years' settings either in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or the United Kingdom completed a questionnaire asking them to rate the importance of 20 statements in answer to the question 'How important are the following for deciding whether a child with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Teacher Expectations of Students, Students with Disabilities
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Moser, Thomas; Reikerås, Elin; Tønnessen, Finn Egil – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2018
This article explores variations in development of everyday motor-life-skills in 661 children (329 girls and 332 boys) in Norwegian kindergartens of ages 2:9 (T1) and 4:9 (T2) years:months. The particular focus is on children at risk for problems in motor development (the 10% weakest children in the sample). The methodological approach chosen is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Psychomotor Skills, Preschool Children, Early Childhood Education
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Syrjämäki, Marja; Sajaniemi, Nina; Suhonen, Eira; Alijoki, Alisa; Nislin, Mari – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2017
The aim of this article is to investigate the pedagogical learning environment in early childhood special education (ECSE). The theoretical framework is based on a conception of interaction being as well a basic human need as, according to sociocultural theories, the basis of learning. Our study was conducted in ECSE kindergarten groups (N = 17)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Peer Relationship
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Sandberg, Gunilla – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2017
This article reports and discusses findings from an ethnographic case study, aiming to gain a deeper understanding of how different children perceive their learning environment in the first grade of primary school, with regard to social as well as academic aspects. The theoretical framework is based on an interactional perspective, where…
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Educational Environment, Ethnography, Inclusion
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Hotulainen, Risto; Mononen, Riikka; Aunio, Pirjo – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
This paper reports the results of the improving thinking skills (ITS-1) intervention study on the thinking skills of low-achieving first graders. The intervention programme consists of 12 lessons, each lasting for 45 min. Lessons offer enriched-discovery learning activities and tasks to be solved through inductive reasoning. We used a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Thinking Skills, Intervention, Low Achievement
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Dias, Paulo C.; Cadime, Irene – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
Attitudes towards inclusive education have a crucial place in the effective implementation of inclusion practices. The aim of this study was to explore teachers' attitudes towards inclusive education in preschool education in Portugal and to identify teachers' personal and professional variables that influence these attitudes. The data were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Teacher Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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Lundqvist, Johanna; Westling, Mara Allodi; Siljehag, Eva – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
In Sweden, preschool inclusion is embraced and preschools are open for children both with and without special educational needs. The purpose of this study was to examine the characteristics of a number of preschool units in Sweden that provide education and care to children with special educational needs with regard to organisation, resources and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education
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Nislin, Mari A.; Sajaniemi, Nina K.; Sims, Margaret; Suhonen, Eira; Maldonado Montero, Enrique F.; Hirvonen, Ari; Hyttinen, Sirpa – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between early childhood professionals' (ECPs) stress regulation (using salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase [AA] measurements), work engagement and the quality of their pedagogical work in integrated special day-care groups. Participants were 89 ECPs from 21 integrated special day-care…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers
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Hannås, Bjørg Mari; Bahdanovich Hanssen, Natallia – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
The purpose of this study is to investigate possible practical consequences of the ideological principle of inclusion. In this article, we investigate, compare and discuss how employees of Norwegian and Belarusian preschools perceive their own, and their preschools', special needs education practices related to children with language difficulties.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Preschool Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Rakap, Salih – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
Individualised education programmes (IEPs) are the road maps for individualising services for children with disabilities, specifically through the development of high-quality child goals/objectives. High-quality IEP goals/objectives that are developed based on a comprehensive assessment of child functioning and directly connected to intervention…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Disabilities, Individualized Education Programs
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