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Yim, Eunice Pui-yu – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The conflicting education values in Hong Kong kindergartens and primary schools pose various challenges to kindergarten teachers in providing pupils with a smooth transition to primary school which requires collaboration from schools and families. This study explored these challenges as well as the benefits of a professional teacher training…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Grade 1, School Readiness
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Vlasov, Janniina; Hujala, Eeva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine changes that have taken place in centre-based early childhood education (ECE) in the USA, Russia, and Finland between 1991 and 2014. The cross-culturally conducted study aimed to identify and contrast socio-cultural differences and similarities of the perceived changes in the context of the studied…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Cultural Differences
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McMillan, Dorothy J.; McConnell, Barbara – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Following a lengthy consultation process across Northern Ireland (NI), 2013 saw the publication of Learning to Learn: A Framework for Early Years Education and Learning [DE (Department of Education). 2013. "Learning to Learn: A Framework for Early Years Education and Learning." Accessed July 15, 2014.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Discourse Analysis
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Brown, Christopher P.; Lan, Yi-Chin; Jeong, Hye In – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Policymakers across the globe continue to promote access to early education programmes as a means to improve children's readiness for school. Many of their reforms are rooted in a neoliberal conception of governance that frames policy solutions through economic rather than democratic terms. Such policies foster an image of the successful learner…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Neoliberalism, Power Structure, School Readiness
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Thao, Dang Phuong; Boyd, Wendy Anne – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
Since 2003, the Vietnamese government has prioritised curriculum reform efforts and commitment to improving the quality of the national curriculum. The Vietnamese early childhood education renovation has encountered considerable changes and challenges, particularly in the area of pedagogical approaches. Many early childhood teachers continue to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, National Curriculum, Educational Change
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Jopling, Michael; Whitmarsh, Judy; Hadfield, Mark – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This paper describes the findings of a qualitative evaluation of an early years' intervention, I Can's Early Talk (ET) programme. ET was designed to improve speech, language and communication outcomes for children aged 0-5 by focusing on enhancing practitioners' knowledge and skills. The research focused on children aged 3-4 years and was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care Centers, Speech
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Aubrey, Carol; Ghent, Kathryn; Kanira, Eleni – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
A case study approach was adopted to investigate two thinking skills programmes for a maximum variation sample of five- to six-year-olds in four schools, in two local authorities (LAs), in England and Wales, using multiple methods. School staff interviewed felt that thinking skills programmes enhanced critical thinking skills and improved use of…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Evidence, Foreign Countries, Observation
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Garvis, Susanne; Pendergast, Donna; Kanasa, Harry – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
The Australian Early Childhood Universal Access Agreement stipulates all children three and a half years of age and older access to 15 hours of a quality early childhood education programme. While most states and territories in Australia have a 90% or higher attendance rate, in 2010, in Queensland the attendance rate was a comparative 40%. This…
Descriptors: Barriers, Child Care, Kindergarten, Foreign Countries
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Fisher, Julie; Wood, Elizabeth – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
This article reports the development of the first two years of a three-year project that examines the effectiveness of adult-child interactions in the early years, and tracks the development of teachers' thinking and practice as they engage in practitioner-led action research. The Adult-Child Interaction Project involves practitioners who work…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Action Research, Teaching Methods, Interaction
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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