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Nugent, Clare; MacQuarrie, Sarah; Beames, Simon – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
Nature kindergartens present opportunities to foster a love of natural environments through formative early childhood experiences. Three early childhood education settings -- one in Denmark, one in Finland and one in Scotland -- provided insight into nature kindergarten provision that has historically attracted a high proportion of male staff. At…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Education
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Degotardi, Sheila; Han, Feifei; Torr, Jane – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This study investigated the quantity of audible and intelligible ('near and clear') educator talk directly experienced by under-two-year-old infants attending early childhood education and care (ECEC) programmes and examined whether the quantity of educator talk was related to characteristics of quality in their ECEC room. Participants were 57…
Descriptors: Infants, Child Language, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Bergnehr, Disa; Cekaite, Asta – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The present study examines adult-child touch and its functions in a Swedish preschool (for 1 to 5-year-old children). The data are naturalistic observations and video-recorded data of everyday preschool activities. The study describes the frequently occurring functions of educators' haptic conduct (control, affectionate, affectionate-control,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Video Technology, Tactual Perception
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Rentzou, Konstantina; Ekine, Adefunke – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Acknowledging the fact that parental engagement is more beneficial during early childhood compared to other developmental stages many countries have institutionalised parental engagement. In Nigeria, the government has taken initiatives in order to involve parents in their child's development by encouraging the establishment of School Management…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Education
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Ren, Yonggang; Wyver, Shirley – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This study investigated whether host and heritage cultural orientations were associated with Chinese preschoolers' social competence and whether such associations varied across gender in Western contexts. Ninety-six Chinese-Australian children aged 36-69 months from 15 childcare centres in Sydney participated in the study. The General Ethnicity…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Gender Differences, Bilingual Students, Preschool Children
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Dong, Chuanmei; Newman, Linda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Western research over the last decade has shown that early childhood (EC) teachers' perspectives on the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the early years strongly shape young children's experiences in educational settings and affect the integration of ICT into the classroom. The research in China is scant however. This…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Information Technology, Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education
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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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Gustavsson, Laila; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This empirical study analyses the qualitatively different ways in which teachers approach children's learning in and about nature. The empirical data consists of video observations of children and teachers communicating with one another around natural phenomena found during excursions into a forest. Variation theory is presented as a framework for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Natural Resources, Interpersonal Communication
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Konstantoni, Kristina – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
Young children's active participation is high on the UK's political, research and policy agendas; at least in rhetoric. However, critiques have emerged regarding the extent to which this rhetoric has been translated into practice and whether participatory rights are linked to the implementation of other human rights. Drawing on an ethnographic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnography, Early Childhood Education, Childrens Rights
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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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Samuelsson, Ingrid Pramling; Carlsson, Maj Asplund; Olsson, Bengt; Pramling, Niklas; Wallerstedt, Cecilia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2009
In this article, the theoretical framework of developmental pedagogy is presented as a tool in studying and developing children's knowing within the arts. The domains of art focused on are music, poetry and dance/aesthetic movement. Through empirical examples from a large-scale research project, we illustrate the tools of developmental pedagogy…
Descriptors: Music, Children, Poetry, Teaching Methods
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Soler, Janet; Miller, Linda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2003
Focuses upon the way visions for early childhood are expressed through curricula in England, New Zealand, and Reggio Emilia in Italy. Includes curricular examples illustrating how growing pressure from vocational and instrumental influences affect progressive and socioculturally inspired early childhood curricula. Reveals how curricula and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Foreign Countries
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Dowrick, Nick – International Journal of Early Years Education, 1997
Interviewed postgraduate early years student teachers in England. Found that, despite initial doubts about the value of spending time in nurseries, the student teachers focused on similar teaching issues in nurseries and primary classrooms. In nurseries, students learned the importance of flexibility and responsiveness to children, of noncoercive…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Interviews