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Masters, Jennifer; Grogan, Leanne – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This paper highlights the similarities and differences of seven nature kindergarten programmes in Australia and New Zealand. The study targeted three programmes from New Zealand and four from Australia. Participant observations and semi-structured interviews were used to build a profile of each site. The profiles were compared on factors such as…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Kindergarten, Foreign Countries, Program Implementation
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Brennan, Margaret – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Research indicates that adult sensitivity to psychological states (both the adult's and the infant's) will affect the security of attachment yet the teacher's internal state has received little attention in infant care. "Perezhivanie" is a sociocultural concept that presents affect and intellect as a unit rather than separate elements.…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Preschool Teachers, Case Studies, Qualitative Research
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Shuker, Mary Jane; Cherrington, Sue – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
The early childhood education (ECE) sector in New Zealand has long been recognised for the diversity of service types and range of organisations involved in delivering ECE. However, less attention has been paid to diversity within individual ECE services. This article draws on a national survey carried out as part of a larger project, "The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Barriers, Educational Opportunities
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Mitchell, Linda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy reflects ideas about childhood, labour force participation, education, the economy and the role of the state. This article spans a period of political change in New Zealand from a left of centre government during the first decade of the twenty-first century to a right of centre government from 2009.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Westerveld, Marleen F.; Gillon, Gail T.; van Bysterveldt, Anne K.; Boyd, Lynda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
This study investigated the emergent literacy and language skills of four-year-old children in New Zealand during their kindergarten year prior to school-entry. A total of 92 four-year-old children from a range of socio-economic areas were seen individually at their local kindergarten and were assessed on code-related measures (letter name…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Emergent Literacy
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Mortlock, Anita – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Mealtimes and their associated rituals are recognised as important aspects of human socialisation; however, much of the research about mealtimes in early childhood education settings has focused on health or on adult-child discursive exchanges. The present study aimed to investigate children's interactions with each other and their influence on…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Socialization, Interaction, Preschool Teachers
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Hedges, Helen – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Children's interests and thinking emanate from their daily lived experiences in their families, communities and cultures. This paper substantiates the view that the construct of "funds of knowledge", understood through the lens of "cultural repertoires of practice", provides an analytical tool for early years teachers to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers
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Hedges, Helen; Cooper, Maria – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
International debates persist about what constitutes desirable outcomes from early childhood education experiences. The New Zealand early childhood curriculum brings together academic and social-pedagogic outcomes as interdependent holistic constructs named "dispositions" and "working theories". These constructs are complex…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum, Holistic Approach
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Nyland, Berenice; Alfayez, Shatha – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
Early childhood education has become a focus of government policy across the world. Part of the present increased interest in early childhood education has been a focus on curriculum frameworks and socio/cultural methods of assessment. Currently, New Zealand has emerged as a world leader in early childhood education, and observation and assessment…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Preservice Teachers
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Synodi, Evanthia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2010
This paper discusses the kindergarten curricula of Norway, Sweden, Japan and New Zealand in terms of whether they recommend or suggest teachers unify play and pedagogy by employing a pedagogy of play. These countries were selected because, while they have to provide for children's right to play, they cover different geographical and cultural parts…
Descriptors: Play, Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Curriculum
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Blaiklock, Ken – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2010
"Te Whariki", the New Zealand early childhood curriculum, has received much praise since its introduction in 1996. There is, however, little research evidence about the implementation or effectiveness of the curriculum in early childhood centres. This article raises questions about the structure and content of "Te Whariki". The…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Curriculum
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Howell, Sally; Kemp, Coral – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2009
The research reported in this paper used a modified Delphi procedure in an attempt to establish a consensus on tasks proposed to assess components of number sense identified as essential for early mathematics success by a broad range of academics with expertise in the area of early mathematics. Tasks included as measures of these components were…
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement, Early Childhood Education
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Riley, Jeni; Burrell, Andrew – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2007
This paper discusses a micro-study within an intervention project, conducted in four London primary schools, to enhance the spoken language skills of reception children. There were 60 children in each of the intervention and comparison groups. The focus here is to explore a classroom assessment of young children's oral narrative skills. Effective…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Foreign Countries, Language Skills, Intervention
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Duncan, Judith; Bowden, Chris; Smith, Anne B. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2006
Parental support has been an increasingly essential part of New Zealand early childhood (EC) education services over the last 20 years. This support has taken many shapes and forms over this time period, and has depended on the differing philosophies of the EC education services. What this support "looks like" and how it is delivered is…
Descriptors: Family Support, Foreign Countries, Social Support Groups, Low Income Groups
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Petriwskyj, Anne; Thorpe, Karen; Tayler, Collette – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2005
The construct of school readiness that focuses on children's maturation and homogeneity of their attainment at school entry has been challenged by recent research. This research indicates that there are difficulties in assessing young children's abilities, and there are limitations to the concomitant practice of retention. These challenges have…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Readiness, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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