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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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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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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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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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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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Nuttall, Jocelyn – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2003
Draws on examples from a study of teachers' co-construction of definitions of curriculum in one New Zealand child care center to examine the influence of teachers' awareness of various early childhood education traditions/models and teachers' ideas about aspects of the center-based experience considered to be part of the curriculum. Concludes with…
Descriptors: Caregiver Attitudes, Caregiver Role, Child Caregivers, Early Childhood Education
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Soler, Janet; Miller, Linda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2003
Focuses upon the way visions for early childhood are expressed through curricula in England, New Zealand, and Reggio Emilia in Italy. Includes curricular examples illustrating how growing pressure from vocational and instrumental influences affect progressive and socioculturally inspired early childhood curricula. Reveals how curricula and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Foreign Countries
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Wylie, Cathy; Thompson, Jean – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2003
The longitudinal Competent Children Project in New Zealand examined contributions of early childhood education to children's competencies at age 10. The study found that children had higher average scores if they had three of more years of early childhood education. The quality of their final early childhood centers, particularly related to…
Descriptors: Children, Competence, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality
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Barraclough, Shanee J.; Smith, Anne B. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 1996
Examined whether parent choice of child care centers is constrained by family variables such as socioeconomic status, education, and income, and to what extent parents do select quality. Found that many parents make passive choices rather than actively choosing between alternatives, and many do not know specific aspects of quality to look for,…
Descriptors: Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Family Income
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Smith, Anne B. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 1999
A study examined experiences of infants and toddlers in New Zealand child care centers to determine if those experiences provided opportunities for learning in the context of shared attention. Results provided evidence of staff sensitivity and responsiveness, close child/caregiver relationships, the importance of language and shared meaning, and…
Descriptors: Attention, Caregiver Attitudes, Caregiver Child Relationship, Caregiver Role