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McMillan, Dorothy J.; McConnell, Barbara – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Following a lengthy consultation process across Northern Ireland (NI), 2013 saw the publication of Learning to Learn: A Framework for Early Years Education and Learning [DE (Department of Education). 2013. "Learning to Learn: A Framework for Early Years Education and Learning." Accessed July 15, 2014.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Discourse Analysis
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Hunter, Thelma; Walsh, Glenda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
As more countries align their curricular frameworks with play-based and experiential pedagogies, this paper provides a critical insight into the benefits and challenges that arise in practice when a play-based approach to learning and teaching becomes a political directive in Northern Ireland primary schools. Drawing on socio-constructivist and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Classroom Environment, Elementary Schools
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Gray, Colette; Donnelly, Joanne – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article reports findings from a small-scale project that employs a two-stage approach. Informed by the rights of minority ethnic groups to self-determination, the first aspect of the study focuses on the experiences of mothers of children with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) from two ethnically diverse groups: Irish Traveller and…
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Ethnic Groups, Mothers, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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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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Connolly, Paul; Fitzpatrick, Siobhan; Gallagher, Tony; Harris, Paul – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2006
This article reports on the development and systematic evaluation of an innovative early years programme aimed at encouraging young children to respect differences within a deeply divided society that is emerging out of a prolonged period of violent conflict. The programme, the Media Initiative for Children--Northern Ireland, has been the product…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusive Schools, Conflict, Case Studies
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Guimaraes, Sofia; McSherry, Kathleen – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2002
Examined whether activities in the preschool curriculum across Northern Ireland are more adult-directed or child-directed. Findings from observations of 71 preschool settings showed that the curriculum of most reception settings was more adult-directed, while most nursery schools, play groups, and private day nurseries adopted a child-initiated…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Foreign Countries, Preschool Curriculum