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Orellana, Pelusa; Jacques, Lorraine; Korkeamäki, Riitta-Liisa; Tafa, Eufimia; Gambrell, Linda B. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
We examined early elementary children's reading motivation in four different countries. Results revealed that reading motivation is a stable construct in countries like Chile, Finland, Greece, and the United States. Motivation to read followed similar patterns across the countries, with increased scores at the end of the school year. This trend…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Reading Motivation
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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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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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Aslanian, Teresa K. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
Young children spend an increasing amount of time in out of home care, as neuroscientific research reveals the pivotal role love and touch plays in children's development. In response to this new knowledge, there is a growing interest in love and touch in the context of early childhood education. Sadly, cases of sexual abuse in early childhood…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Interpersonal Relationship, Psychological Patterns
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Masters, Jennifer; Grogan, Leanne – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This paper highlights the similarities and differences of seven nature kindergarten programmes in Australia and New Zealand. The study targeted three programmes from New Zealand and four from Australia. Participant observations and semi-structured interviews were used to build a profile of each site. The profiles were compared on factors such as…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Kindergarten, Foreign Countries, Program Implementation
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Lee, Jin; Jang, Youn Joo – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
While the importance of early childhood education is well documented, scant attention is afforded to the access to institutions for early childhood education. Uneven distribution of institutions for early childhood education in segregated metropolitan areas can cause inequality of educational opportunity. By using the Geographic Information System…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Access to Education, Early Childhood Education
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Streelasky, Jodi – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
This study investigates children's multimodal perspectives on their school experiences in two diverse, international contexts. The research shares data from 45 Canadian and Tanzanian children, and focused on the children's use of multimodal methods to share what mattered to them at school. The children's significant interest in their outdoor…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Relevance, Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten
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Broughton, Anthony – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Adults gain a wealth of knowledge from listening to the voices of children through intentional observations and interactions [Owocki, G., and Y. M. Goodman. 2002. "Kidwatching: Documenting Children's Literacy Development." Portsmouth: Heinemann]. Hip Hop play may provide optimal opportunities for teachers to tap into the young minds of…
Descriptors: Music, Popular Culture, Play, Qualitative Research
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Westerveld, Marleen F.; Gillon, Gail T.; van Bysterveldt, Anne K.; Boyd, Lynda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
This study investigated the emergent literacy and language skills of four-year-old children in New Zealand during their kindergarten year prior to school-entry. A total of 92 four-year-old children from a range of socio-economic areas were seen individually at their local kindergarten and were assessed on code-related measures (letter name…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Emergent Literacy
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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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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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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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Li, Hui; Wong, Ngai Chun Margaret – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2008
This study investigated how a set of newly developed indicators of early learning and teaching by the government, which was based on western ideology of child learning, was implemented in a Chinese context like Hong Kong. Twelve early childhood settings of 5747 children and 284 staff volunteered to implement the indicators within two years and the…
Descriptors: Quality Control, Foreign Countries, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Professional Development
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Ulich, Michaela; Mayr, Toni – International Journal of Early Years Education, 1999
In the context of a project implementing Belgian observation and assessment scales in German kindergartens, a study examined German practitioners' attitudes toward systematic observation of children. The most significant overall finding was the low priority attributed to systematic observation in teacher training and practice. These findings are…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education
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Ebbeck, Marjory – International Journal of Early Years Education, 1995
Examined the views of both Chinese parents and Chinese teachers in Hong Kong concerning the purposes of early childhood education. Found that early childhood education in Hong Kong refers to kindergartens and nursery centers, and that this administrative division leads to community views whereby nurseries are perceived as being only child-minding…
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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