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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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Chopra, Neelima – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Schools run by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) play a pivotal role in providing early childhood education to young children belonging to marginalized sections of Delhi. However, literature review reveals that low learning outcomes are common among children attending these schools. Low levels of learning are often associated with poor quality…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Quality, Investigations
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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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Peeters, Jan; Vandekerckhove, Ankie – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
While policy-makers and researchers in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC) often seem to speak different languages, overwhelming research evidence on how quality ECEC can play a key role in alleviating the effects of disadvantage can be extremely relevant for policy-makers. In this article, we focus on how philanthropic…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Equal Education, Educational Quality, Advocacy
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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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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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Cohrssen, Caroline; Church, Amelia; Tayler, Collette – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This paper describes how early childhood teachers' incorporation of pauses raises the quality of talk-in-interaction during play-based mathematics activities. Responses of both children and teachers are shown to be more contingent and expansive when conversations include protracted pauses than during interactions in which pauses are largely…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Activities, Play, Interpersonal Communication
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Chopra, Neelima – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
Early years is the period of rapid physical and mental growth wherein the foundation for the child's development is laid and therefore, these years are considered extremely critical for the overall development of the child. Given the critical significance of these early childhood years, it is imperative for every child to get the opportunity to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Young Children
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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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Fenech, Marianne; Sweller, Naomi; Harrison, Linda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2010
Quantitative approaches to defining and measuring quality in early childhood education and care (ECEC) have provided a key platform for policy development. Yet their strengths and limitations as informants of high-quality ECEC have not been tested. In this study we examine two sources of quantitative data collected over a five-year period for 74…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Rating Scales, Foreign Countries, Child Care
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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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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
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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