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Nugent, Clare; MacQuarrie, Sarah; Beames, Simon – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
Nature kindergartens present opportunities to foster a love of natural environments through formative early childhood experiences. Three early childhood education settings -- one in Denmark, one in Finland and one in Scotland -- provided insight into nature kindergarten provision that has historically attracted a high proportion of male staff. At…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Education
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Dunlop, Aline-Wendy – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
This paper explores early childhood experience in Scotland in terms of how readily the aspirations of policy convert to day-to-day practices. Ambitions to improve the lives of children and families have been high on the political agenda. Policy may be understood as a tool that aims to influence childhood experience in positive ways. If this is to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Aspiration, Educational Change
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Arnott, Lorna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article describes the formation of children's social interactions around technologies in preschools. This paper presents evidence from a study that explores how 3- to 5-year-old children construct their social interactions through the mediation of their peers while using technological resources. Utilising a systematic and iterative data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Technology, Peer Relationship
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Konstantoni, Kristina – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
Young children's active participation is high on the UK's political, research and policy agendas; at least in rhetoric. However, critiques have emerged regarding the extent to which this rhetoric has been translated into practice and whether participatory rights are linked to the implementation of other human rights. Drawing on an ethnographic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnography, Early Childhood Education, Childrens Rights
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Woolfson, Lisa Marks; Durkin, Kevin; King, Julia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2010
The study examined how preschool intervention programmes set up by three Scottish local authorities changed parents' cognitions. Quantitative parent outcomes were measured using Parenting Daily Hassles Scales (N = 88). A matched comparison group of parents (N = 55) recruited from the same areas of disadvantage but whose children did not attend the…
Descriptors: Parents, Disadvantaged, Parent Attitudes, Attitude Change
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Foot, Hugh; Howe, Christine; Cheyne, Bill; Terras, Melody; Rattray, Catherine – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2000
Used questionnaire and in-depth interviews to examine Scottish parents' preferences, knowledge, and expectations regarding preschool education selection. Found that parents prioritized the safety and care of their children above all else. Selection of type of provision depended upon the relative value attached to education, setting, convenience,…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Expectation, Knowledge Level, Parent Attitudes
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Kleinberg, Sue; Menmuir, Joan – International Journal of Early Years Education, 1997
Uses data from study of "goodness of fit" between preschool mathematical curriculum policy and the content framework in Scottish guidelines. Outlines a tool and process for eliciting use of the mathematical frameworks managers in planning curriculum, giving examples of frameworks produced by the tool. Also outlines a model of four key…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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Coates, Elizabeth; And Others – International Journal of Early Years Education, 1993
Reviews four books on early childhood education: "Understanding the Nursery School" (David Hartley), which examines Scottish Nursery Schools from a sociological standpoint; "Teaching Media in the Primary School" (Adrian Emerson); "Learning Difficulties in Primary Schools: Delivering the Whole Curriculum" (Kevin Jones…
Descriptors: Book Reviews, Child Abuse, Child Development, Early Childhood Education