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Hordern, Jim – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This paper draws on Bernstein's sociology of knowledge to examine the academic study of early childhood in England, involving scrutiny of how knowledge is recontextualised from contributory disciplines to take account of early childhood practice and professionalism, and of governmental influence on what counts as disciplinary and curriculum…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Educational Development
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Pardhan, Almina; Pelletier, Janette – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
A key area of interest is the way in which early years educators' perceptions about the concept of gender may influence their practice in relation to how children's ideas about gender might be supported and reinforced. However, this area has received little attention in the highly gender-segregated context of Pakistan. Understanding evidence-based…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Primary Education
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Barron, Ian – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This paper documents trainees' "flight turbulence" as they negotiate the complexities that lie between "the self" and the securing of Early Years Teaching Status in England. Early Years Teachers, besides teaching, are expected to lead improvements to the quality of provision. However, drawing on interview data, an impasse is…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Wee, Su-Jeong; Weber, Elsa K.; Park, Soyeon – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This research examines specific areas of confidence and concern as expressed by 40 American undergraduate early childhood students on a practicum (supervised field-based internships); if their beliefs changed over the course of their practicum, and if prior teaching experience had an impact on their confidence levels. Areas of confidence and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teachers, Practicums, Professional Development
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Tal, Clodie – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This study seeks to determine how and to what extent the core principles of the early childhood education programme at Levinsky College of Education in Israel were applied by a third-year student teacher in a traditional fieldwork placement. At the beginning of the school year, the student planned to engage two small groups of children in her…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Case Studies, Early Childhood Education
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Gilbert, Louise; Rose, Janet; Palmer, Sally; Fuller, Mary – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This study focused on the learning experiences of 50 undergraduate students undertaking a residential field trip (RFT) to Sweden as part of their Early Childhood Studies degree. Three dimensions were examined: the physical and emotional value afforded to the students from the active learning context; how this was interpreted and reflected in their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Field Trips, Preservice Teacher Education, Undergraduate Students
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Faulkner, Dorothy; Coates, Elizabeth A. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article offers a chronological account and critical appraisal of changes to early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in England over the past 20 years. It describes the policy initiatives, educational interventions and research programmes introduced by successive governments that have effected significant changes to ECEC since 1990.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Child Care, Educational Policy
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Rose, Janet; Rogers, Sue – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
Global concerns about what constitutes an appropriate curriculum and pedagogy for young children inevitably raises questions for teacher educators and the content of teacher education programmes. These concerns have been particularly visible in England following recent policy initiatives and the resultant "academic shovedown" and…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education
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Dunphy, Elizabeth – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2010
One-to-one interviewing is one of the most powerful ways of exploring young children's thinking. While there are a few studies which report the use of this pedagogic strategy by preservice teachers, more are needed. This paper describes an early childhood mathematics education assignment which preservice teachers in a teacher-education college in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Education, Early Childhood Education, Young Children
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McMillan, Dorothy J. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2009
Preschool provision in Northern Ireland is government funded and quality assured in all statutory sector settings (nursery schools and units) and in many voluntary/private sector settings (playgroups and daycare facilities). However, three unresolved policy issues continue to divide the sectors: the choices between a teacher or pedagogue role…
Descriptors: Nursery Schools, Early Childhood Education, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Saude, S.; Carioca, V.; Siraj-Blatchford, J.; Sheridan, S.; Genov, K.; Nuez, R. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2005
In the European context the continuing training of early childhood educators in terms of information and communications technology (ICT) remains limited and is in need of development. The KINDERET project has been funded through the European Commission's "Leonardo da Vinci" programme aimed to identify and understand the theoretical and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Faculty Development
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Horppu, Ritva; Ikonen-Varila, Merja – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2004
The present study investigated beginning kindergarten student teachers' mental models of attachment as a part of their practical knowledge about caregiving. Mental models of attachment (i.e. how students construct their own attachment-related childhood experiences and relationships from their current perspective) were assessed with an Adult…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Career Choice, Student Teachers