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Waterhouse, Stephen – International Journal of Early Years Education, 1995
Explores teachers' tendency to adopt the "average" student as a reference point on personal and interpersonal dimensions of classroom life. Suggests that while reliance on this average might seem a solution to the problems of organizing learning for large groups, at a personal level, average children may be experiencing school life as a mere…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Student Characteristics
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Elschenbroich, Donata – International Journal of Early Years Education, 1999
Argues that educational expectations toward preschool education in Germany have been low for over 20 years. Describes interviews of 150 Germans from diverse strata of society and varied professional experience to identify views on what 7-year olds should have encountered, learned, or questioned during preschool. Suggests results give tangible idea…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries
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Grieshaber, Susan; Halliwell, Gail; Hatch, J. Amos; Walsh, Kerryann – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2000
Examines how early childhood teachers in one Australian state use child observations. Argues that the current economic/political climate has produced changes for early childhood settings and that how teachers respond to changes regarding child observation depends on their work context. Suggests that the purpose of observation is changing and that…
Descriptors: Accountability, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Expectation