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Little, Sabine – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
This paper focuses on the attitudes towards reading in the home, handed down through the generations and experienced by the young children in four families of Pakistani and Indian origin. The children's families originally arrived in the UK in the 1960s, and this paper unpicks the stories and attitudinal changes in relation to both English and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Indians, Early Childhood Education
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Oberhuemer, Pamela – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Just over a decade ago, an OECD "Starting Strong" team reviewed the system of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Germany. Regarding the staffing of early childhood provision and referring in particular to resistance at the political level to raise the formal qualification level of educators in alignment with European trends,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Labor Force Development, Early Childhood Education, Child Care
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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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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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Ang, Lynn – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) has become a national priority in many countries. Governments across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region have placed considerable emphasis on the development of policy documents and national initiatives to improve the quality of services for young children and families. This paper presents findings from a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Educational Policy
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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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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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Roberts-Holmes, Guy – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
This article presents the experiences of nursery and primary head teachers (n = 12) on the English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) after its first year of implementation in 2010. Findings are drawn from a subset of data (head teachers of primary and nursery schools) which forms part of a larger Department for Children, Schools and Families…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Nursery Schools, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Aubrey, Carol; Durmaz, Dondu – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
This article considers the relationship between policy and practice in the early childhood mathematics curriculum for reception-class (RC) children of five years in England. It explores what the policy requires RC teachers to do in terms of curriculum implementation; what RC teachers' views and understanding of the early childhood mathematics…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, Mathematics Curriculum, Young Children, Foreign Countries
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McMillan, Dorothy J. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2009
Preschool provision in Northern Ireland is government funded and quality assured in all statutory sector settings (nursery schools and units) and in many voluntary/private sector settings (playgroups and daycare facilities). However, three unresolved policy issues continue to divide the sectors: the choices between a teacher or pedagogue role…
Descriptors: Nursery Schools, Early Childhood Education, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Baudelot, Olga; Rayna, Sylvie; Mayer, Susanna; Musatti, Tullia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2003
Surveyed local early childhood coordinators in France and Italy regarding their status, training, and tasks in order to compare the function of coordinating municipal early childhood education and care services in these two countries. Found impressive similarities in services, policies, and the function of coordination. Also found that service…
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role
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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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Atmore, Eric – International Journal of Early Years Education, 1998
Describes the context for early childhood education and care in South Africa. Focuses on the principles directing program and service delivery, the development of a training framework, the role of lobbying and advocacy networks, strategies for improving the quality and increasing quantity of provision, and the role of non-governmental…
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Day Care, Delivery Systems, Early Childhood Education