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Areljung, Sofie – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
Numerous initiatives are carried out across the world to support science teaching in early childhood education. However, professional development research shows that in order for teaching interventions to bring about successful changes in practice, it is key that teacher's beliefs, confidence and knowledge change. As a complement to studies…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Preschool Children, Faculty Development
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Samuelsson, Robin – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This paper studies the scaffolding of conceptual development for children aged 4-5 years old during a science project at a Swedish preschool. It specifically examines how bodily knowledge and language are used in interaction, and how conceptual knowledge can be scaffolded with the use of external tools and artefacts. The science project was…
Descriptors: Interaction, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Science Projects
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Björklund, Camilla; Ahlskog-Björkman, Eva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This study presents an analysis of preschool teachers' reasoning about pedagogical goals. Of specific interest is how teachers in a Swedish and a Finnish context describe goals for children's learning and how they describe them implementing these goals into their practice. The research question is thus: How are pedagogical goals perceived and…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Magnusson, Maria; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The overarching interest of this study concerns how to outline learning opportunities and support in early childhood education (ECE) without losing its play-based character. More specifically, the study reports an empirical investigation into the evolving activity of a 6.5-year-old child and an adult conversing about the child's drawing of…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Skills
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Bergnehr, Disa; Cekaite, Asta – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The present study examines adult-child touch and its functions in a Swedish preschool (for 1 to 5-year-old children). The data are naturalistic observations and video-recorded data of everyday preschool activities. The study describes the frequently occurring functions of educators' haptic conduct (control, affectionate, affectionate-control,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Video Technology, Tactual Perception
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Björklund, Camilla; Ahlskog-Björkman, Eva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Thematic work that integrates different knowledge areas is considered suitable for developing young children's knowledge and skills in early childhood education. This paper reports evidence from a survey of early childhood teachers' work with mathematics and art integrated in thematic work. In this study, we aim to explore how teachers perceive…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Mathematics Education, Art Education
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Skantz Åberg, Ewa – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
This empirical study investigates what activities emerge when six-year olds are instructed to create narratives with an interactive whiteboard (IWB). A detailed analysis is provided of what the participants are oriented towards in the activity, and further what aesthetic judgements are used and their role in the evolving activity. Theoretically,…
Descriptors: Young Children, Teaching Methods, Bulletin Boards, Interactive Video
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Quennerstedt, Ann – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This paper explores ways in which human rights become part of and affect young children's everyday practices in early childhood education and, more particularly, how very young children enact human rights in the preschool setting. The study is conducted in a Swedish preschool through observations of the everyday practices of a group of children…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Civil Rights, Observation, Toddlers
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Kultti, Anne – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
This study focuses on the nature of children's participation in an Australian early childhood context in which their second language is used. The aim is to create knowledge of toddlers' modes and trajectories of participation. Empirical data documenting the participation of two toddlers were gathered through video observations of everyday…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Toddlers, Child Development
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Palmér, Hanna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
The results in this article explore whether and how the design of applications used on tablet computers influences the interaction and dialogues that occur between children and pedagogues, the participation of children in the activities and the mathematics that can be learned. While mathematics offered a lens to explore the use of tablet devices,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers
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Einarsdottir, Johanna; Purola, Anna-Maija; Johansson, Eva Marianne; Broström, Stig; Emilson, Anette – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
The aim of the study is to explore how Nordic Early Childhood Education and Care policies frame values education in preschools with a special focus on the values of democracy, caring and competence. The study is part of a larger Nordic project, "Values education in Nordic preschools: Basis of education for tomorrow," the aim of which is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Democracy, Caring
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Björklund, Camilla – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This article reports on a small-scale investigation of how teachers organise goal-oriented learning in Swedish preschools. The revised Swedish curriculum (National Agency for Education 2011) highlights the need for children to develop their mathematics skills through activities that integrate play and learning. This study investigates how…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Problem Solving
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Björklund, Camilla; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
In this empirical study, we investigate an early childhood education activity in mathematics on the concept of "pattern". The children participating in the study attend an intermediate form of schooling in Sweden called "the preschool class for six-year-olds", intended to facilitate their transition from preschool to school.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Transitional Programs
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Westman, Susanne; Bergmark, Ulrika – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This paper aimed to explore how preschool teachers' experience their strengthened teaching mission, specifically when working with scientific exploration. The study was based on the philosophy of the life-world, a branch of the phenomenological movement. Life-world philosophy focuses on the concrete reality humans inhabit and is responsive to its…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Phenomenology, Teacher Role, Self Concept
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Gustavsson, Laila; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This empirical study analyses the qualitatively different ways in which teachers approach children's learning in and about nature. The empirical data consists of video observations of children and teachers communicating with one another around natural phenomena found during excursions into a forest. Variation theory is presented as a framework for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Natural Resources, Interpersonal Communication
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