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Mulvihill, Naomi – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this essay Naomi Mulvihill uses vignettes from her bilingual kindergarten classroom to explore the dynamic processes by which young children make sense of language, focusing on instances in which she asks her students to compare texts presented in English and Spanish. Using Piaget's concept of disequilibrium as a guiding framework,…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Bilingual Education, Spanish, English (Second Language)
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Engel, Susan – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
In this essay, Susan Engel argues that curiosity is both intrinsic to children's development and unfolds through social interactions. Thus, it should be cultivated in schools, even though it is often almost completely absent from classrooms. Calling on well-established research and more recent studies, Engel argues that interactions between…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Learning Activities, Childhood Interests, Teacher Student Relationship
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Paley, Vivian Gussin – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
In this "Voices Inside Schools" essay, Vivian Gussin Paley brings us into Derek's kindergarten classroom using her characteristic style of listening and recounting from the child's perspective. With delicacy and insight, she reveals the small but significant moments that occur alongside the planned curriculum to illustrate how children author…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Class Activities, Learning Activities, Classroom Environment
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Katch, Hannah; Katch, Jane – Harvard Educational Review, 2010
In this Voices Inside Schools essay, Hannah Katch and Jane Katch reflect on gender roles and how they are enacted in the classroom. When Timothy, a student in Jane's kindergarten class, refuses to count himself as one of the boys during a math lesson, Jane begins a conversation about social constructions of gender with her daughter, Hannah.…
Descriptors: Sex Role, Young Children, Kindergarten, Gender Issues
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Wright, Travis – Harvard Educational Review, 2010
In this portrait, Travis Wright documents young Goddess's capacity for strength in the face of trauma and neglect. Goddess, a sixteen-month-old child who has never laughed, is Wright's first client at his clinical internship during his graduate studies. Drawing on his work with Goddess, her mother, and her teachers, Wright explores the ways in…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Children, Resilience (Psychology), At Risk Persons
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Darling-Hammond, Linda – Harvard Educational Review, 2009
From the unique perspective gained heading Obama's education policy transition team, Darling-Hammond describes President Obama's commitment to making the education of every child a collective responsibility and reviews the major tenets of the new administration's plans for education. She reflects on the importance of suggested policy changes,…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Presidents, Educational Policy, Educational Improvement
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Paley, Vivian Gussin – Harvard Educational Review, 2007
In 1986, the "Harvard Educational Review" published Vivian Gussin Paley's article "On Listening to What the Children Say," which detailed the beginnings of her career as a teacher and author. The article described Paley's methods of tape-recording and analyzing her students' daily engagement in "the three Fs: fantasy, fairness, and friendship."…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Fantasy, Play, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Wright, Travis – Harvard Educational Review, 2007
In this portrait, Travis Wright, writing as a psychology counselor in training, brings the reader into one morning's events in his clinical work with Jorge, a three-year-old boy whose family is experiencing difficult times. Throughout the morning at Jorge's day-care center, Wright encounters scenarios that force him to ask questions about child…
Descriptors: Males, Sexual Identity, Masculinity, Child Development
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Paley, Vivian Gussey – Harvard Educational Review, 2007
In this classic essay, first published by the "Harvard Educational Review" in 1986, Vivian Gussin Paley details the beginnings of her career as a teacher and author. The article describes her methods of tape-recording and analyzing her students' daily engagement in the "three Fs: fantasy, fairness, and friendship." Her careful analysis provides…
Descriptors: Fantasy, Justice, Friendship, Play