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Matsumoto, Hiroo; Tsuneda, Miho M. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This study aimed to investigate the characteristics of early literacy beliefs held by early childhood education and care (ECEC) teachers in Japan by developing a novel scale. We believed that overviewing ECEC teachers' beliefs about early literacy from ecological perspectives would contribute to understanding the underlying factors influencing the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Savva, Andri; Erakleous, Valentina – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The present study reports findings on pre-service teachers' thinking during planning and implementing play-based art activities. "Thinking" (in the present study) is informed by discourses emphasising art teaching and learning in relation to play and theoretical assumptions conceptualising planning as "practice of knowing."…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Early Childhood Education, Play, Preservice Teachers
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Pardhan, Almina; Pelletier, Janette – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
A key area of interest is the way in which early years educators' perceptions about the concept of gender may influence their practice in relation to how children's ideas about gender might be supported and reinforced. However, this area has received little attention in the highly gender-segregated context of Pakistan. Understanding evidence-based…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Primary Education
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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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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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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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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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Tazouti, Youssef; Jarlégan, Annette – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
The present research tests the hypothesis that parental values and educational practices are intermediary variables between the socio-economic status (SES) of families and early learning in children. Our empirical study was based on 299 parents with children in their final year at eight French kindergartens. We constructed an explanatory…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Parenting Styles, Child Rearing, Kindergarten
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Payler, Jane Katherine; Georgeson, Janet – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This paper reports on case study research in the UK analysing the participation of early years staff in interprofessional practice to provide effective care and education for children, primarily those with special educational needs. Even though case study staff in different "outstanding" settings had equivalent qualifications and similar…
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Caregiver Training, Interprofessional Relationship, Early Childhood Education
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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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Shiakalli, Maria Angela; Zacharos, Konstantinos – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
Could problem solving be the object of teaching in early education? Could appropriate teaching interventions develop to scaffold children's efforts to solve problems? These were the central questions of this article. The sample consisted of 18 children attending public pre-school in Cyprus. The problem they were asked to solve was to find all…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education
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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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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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