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Palmér, Hanna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This article explores collective and individual perspectives on preschool mathematics within a professional development programme. All seven teachers at one Swedish preschool participated in a one-year research-based professional development programme. At the beginning and then again at the end of the programme, the teachers collectively wrote…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Mathematics Education, Preschool Curriculum
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Webb, Grant; Knight, Bruce Allen; Busch, Gillian – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Children progress through a number of life transitions and each is a pivotal point of development and growth for them, their parents and family members. Through a review of the literature, the Bioecological Model will be used to frame childhood transitions as highly social, contextualised and political. This paper will assert that governments,…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Transitional Programs, Foreign Countries
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Broström, Stig – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
In early childhood education and care, Nordic social pedagogy approach is challenged by a learning orientation that often results in unproductive "either/or" thinking. Therefore, based on the two approaches and by analysing several dimensions of Froebel's ideas and prevailing social-historical activity (play) theory, the author deduces…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Participation, Learning Activities, Creative Activities
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Dockett, Sue; Einarsdottir, Johanna; Perry, Bob – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Changing perspectives of children and recognition of the importance of researching with, rather than on, children, have contributed to a great deal of interest in participatory research methods. While many participatory methods have been developed to incorporate visual elements, uncertainty remains about the role and purpose of the image within…
Descriptors: Photography, Pictorial Stimuli, Young Children, Research Methodology
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Duhn, Iris; Fleer, Marilyn; Harrison, Linda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This article focuses on the "Relational Agency Framework" (RAF), an analytical tool developed for an Australian review and evaluation study of an early years' policy initiative. We explore Anne Edward's concepts of "relational expertise", "building common knowledge" and "relational agency" to explore how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Networks
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Neaum, Sally – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
School readiness is currently a strong focus for education policy in England. However, understanding what it means to be ready for school, and how this is reflected in policy and enacted in practice, are sites of contention. This paper explores the genesis of the current disparity in understandings in the context of the English education system. A…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy
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Levy, Rachael – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This paper presents a historical reflection on gender and literacy, with a view to informing the present teaching of literacy in early childhood. The relationship between gender, literacy and opportunity in the labour market is examined, given that despite girls' achievement in literacy, in comparison with boys', women continue to earn…
Descriptors: Educational History, Early Childhood Education, Literacy Education, Preschool Teachers
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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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Lazzari, Arianna; Picchio, Mariacristina; Balduzzi, Lucia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
In recent times, a growing consensus has emerged, among researchers and policy-makers, that a well-educated, competent and adequately supported workforce is crucial for the quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC). Despite governmental initiatives aimed to enhance the professional preparation and continuing development of early years…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Educational Trends
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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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Moss, Peter – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
The new Labour government that entered office in 1997 made early childhood education and care (ECEC) a policy priority, after decades of neglect. The article provides an overview of the subsequent policy developments, looking at three areas in more detail: governance and finance; the organisation and management of services; and the workforce. It…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Educational Opportunities, Educational Finance
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Bankovic, Ivana – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This article explores early childhood professionalism in the Republic of Serbia. The concept of professionalism in this context is examined in light of current international debates about professionalism. More specifically, how the use of specific nomenclature, the existence of multi-professional teams of practitioners and state-regulated but…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Rearing, Child Care, Teaching Conditions
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Gunnarsdottir, Bryndis – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
Iceland has a strong tradition of universal public early childhood education and care (ECEC) services for children. The traditional pedagogy is founded on play-based learning with the holistic view of the development of the child is central to practice. With increased interest in education following the 2008 financial crisis, there are signs that…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Zada, Khan – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This paper presents a critical account of early childhood education (ECE) in Pakistan. It moves from a general review of the benefits of ECE to focus on the issues and challenges connected to the professional development of early childhood teachers. It highlights problems encountered in developing practitioners who are highly skilled in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Benefits, Faculty Development
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Dockett, Sue; Perry, Bob – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This paper investigates the role of child experts (siblings and buddies) in young children's transition to school. Drawing on two recent studies, that sought the perspectives of children, educators and family members about effective supports at this time, we explore the roles of other children in the processes and practices of transition.…
Descriptors: Siblings, Peer Influence, School Readiness, Young Children
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