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ERIC Number: EJ1234767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
Teachers' Beliefs about Literacy Practices for Young Children in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings
Matsumoto, Hiroo; Tsuneda, Miho M.
International Journal of Early Years Education, v27 n4 p441-456 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 quality of early literacy instruction and involvement in ECEC. To this end, 349 ECEC and 45 primary school teachers were asked to complete a two-part questionnaire dealing with (1) ECEC teachers' literacy beliefs and (2) teachers' general pedagogical beliefs. Exploratory factor analysis extracted three sub-categories of literacy belief -- Direct instruction, Natural development, and Social interaction -- and two sub-categories of general pedagogical belief -- Adult-centred and Child-centred -- and the relations between these sub-categories and background factors were then discussed. The results implied that considering the ecological perspectives of ECEC teachers affords a better understanding of effective practices to facilitate the early literacy experiences of young children in ECEC settings beyond differences in their educational tradition concerning early literacy. These perspectives include the influence of the educational tradition in each region, how ECEC teachers differ from primary school teachers, and the values shared by a particular ECEC facility.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan