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Hedges, Helen – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Children's interests and thinking emanate from their daily lived experiences in their families, communities and cultures. This paper substantiates the view that the construct of "funds of knowledge", understood through the lens of "cultural repertoires of practice", provides an analytical tool for early years teachers to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers
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Niland, Amanda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
The concept of belonging is widely recognised as a fundamental part of human development and a key element of early childhood curricula. The research presented here explores the role of singing in the development of children's sense of belonging in a day nursery for children aged from six months to two years. The research design incorporated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Singing, Group Membership
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Hoyte, Frances; Torr, Jane; Degotardi, Sheila – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Friendships and play provide children with opportunities for mutual engagement, which both require and facilitate children's language use. Modality is a semantic system in the language associated with children's learning. One way in which modality is realised is through linguistic expressions which allow speakers to moderate the degree of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Friendship, Play
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Wee, Su-Jeong; Weber, Elsa K.; Park, Soyeon – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This research examines specific areas of confidence and concern as expressed by 40 American undergraduate early childhood students on a practicum (supervised field-based internships); if their beliefs changed over the course of their practicum, and if prior teaching experience had an impact on their confidence levels. Areas of confidence and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teachers, Practicums, Professional Development
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Hedges, Helen; Cooper, Maria – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
International debates persist about what constitutes desirable outcomes from early childhood education experiences. The New Zealand early childhood curriculum brings together academic and social-pedagogic outcomes as interdependent holistic constructs named "dispositions" and "working theories". These constructs are complex…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum, Holistic Approach
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Sherwood, Gina; Nind, Melanie A. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
The aim of this paper is to present a way of supporting parents that can lead to positive outcomes for families. The findings and processes from a study in England of six parents' experiences of support services for their young children with special needs are discussed in making the case that co-constructing the stories of parent and researcher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parents, Experience, Related Services (Special Education)
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Aunio, Pirjo; Korhonen, Johan; Bashash, Laaya; Khoshbakht, Fariba – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This research investigates similarities and differences in young children's early numeracy skills related to age, nationality and gender. The participants were five- to seven-year-old children from Finland and Iran. Early numeracy was investigated by using tasks measuring number-related relational skills (e.g. comparison, one-to-one…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Numeracy, Children, Investigations
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Björklund, Camilla – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This article reports on a small-scale investigation of how teachers organise goal-oriented learning in Swedish preschools. The revised Swedish curriculum (National Agency for Education 2011) highlights the need for children to develop their mathematics skills through activities that integrate play and learning. This study investigates how…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Problem Solving
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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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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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Björklund, Camilla; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
In this empirical study, we investigate an early childhood education activity in mathematics on the concept of "pattern". The children participating in the study attend an intermediate form of schooling in Sweden called "the preschool class for six-year-olds", intended to facilitate their transition from preschool to school.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Transitional Programs
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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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Wood, Elizabeth Ann – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This article troubles the established discourse of free choice and free play in early childhood education, and develops post-structural approaches to theorising children's agency in the context of institutional and relational power structures. It is widely accepted that planning a curriculum based on children's needs, interests and patterns of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Naturalistic Observation, Qualitative Research
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Tal, Clodie – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This study seeks to determine how and to what extent the core principles of the early childhood education programme at Levinsky College of Education in Israel were applied by a third-year student teacher in a traditional fieldwork placement. At the beginning of the school year, the student planned to engage two small groups of children in her…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Case Studies, Early Childhood Education
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