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Menning, Soern Finn – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
Several authors have argued that early childhood education and care (ECEC) is essentially an ethical practice based on certain values and conceptions about the purpose of education. Is this also the case for educational practices surrounding the highly valued notion of curiosity? While psychological approaches portray it as neutral, this article…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Ethics, Early Childhood Education, Focus Groups
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Deguara, Jo; Nutbrown, Cathy – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This paper examines the schematic underpinnings in the drawings of a four-year-old girl, Thea. The paper reviews literature on graphic representations, signs and meaning-making before discussing schematic "form" in children's drawings, the theoretical background for the study. The paper discusses ethical issues and methodological…
Descriptors: Childrens Art, Freehand Drawing, Early Childhood Education, Art Expression
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Nolan, Andrea; Paatsch, Louise – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
Learning through play has traditionally been a central tenet in early childhood education, however, in recent times primary schools have begun to consider the benefits of introducing a play-based approach into early years classrooms to support young children's learning, especially in the areas of language and literacy. This study focuses on the…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Grade 1, Professional Identity
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Devi, Anamika; Fleer, Marilyn; Li, Liang – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
Grounded in Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory, this paper examines how often teachers are involved in children's imaginative play and discusses their beliefs about their role in supporting children's imaginative play. To investigate this problem, video (65 hours of digital observations) and interview data (two hours and 30 minutes) of 60…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Role, Play, Imagination
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Shin, Minsun; Partyka, Thomas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
This qualitative case study explored how an infant teacher provided meaningful learning experiences for infants through play and the teacher's educational rationale behind these experiences. Findings were based on multiple sources of data, including classroom observations (natural observation and videotaped observation) for approximately 12 weeks…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Infants, Empowerment
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Pardhan, Almina; Pelletier, Janette – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
A key area of interest is the way in which early years educators' perceptions about the concept of gender may influence their practice in relation to how children's ideas about gender might be supported and reinforced. However, this area has received little attention in the highly gender-segregated context of Pakistan. Understanding evidence-based…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Primary Education
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Canning, Natalie; Payler, Jane; Horsley, Karen; Gomez, Chris – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
This study explores children's narratives of their curiosity and imagination through innovative use of an information technology app--Our Story. Novel use of the app allowed children to express and record their opinions they considered significant to them. The research captured children's approaches to everyday situations through their play.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Breathnach, Helen; Danby, Susan; O'Gorman, Lyndal – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Play is valued conceptually and pedagogically, although its place in early years settings is under increasing pressure. Framed by the sociology of childhood and understandings of children's agency, this article reports on an ethnographic study with children aged five years in the first year of primary school in Australia. The study investigated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Primary Education
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Atherton, Frances; Nutbrown, Cathy – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
In this paper, we identify ways in which the learning of very young children can be supported by practitioners developing a schematic pedagogy which focuses on structures of children's thinking. First, we provide a critical overview of relevant literature on schemas and schematic approaches to pedagogy. We then outline an original study undertaken…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Schemata (Cognition), Family Environment
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Gray, Colette; Ryan, Anna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Launched in 2009, the Aistear early years curriculum framework sought to complement and extend the primary school curriculum (PSC) at infant class level in the Republic of Ireland. While Aistear focuses on the development of attitudes, values and learning dispositions and is neither statutory nor inspected, the PSC centres on the acquisition of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Teachers
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Byrne, Jenny; Rietdijk, Willeke; Cheek, Sue – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Enquiry-based science in primary classrooms is key to encouraging children's interest and curiosity about the world around them and as a result helps to stimulate their understanding and enjoyment of science. Yet many primary teachers lack the confidence to implement enquiry-based approaches effectively. The reasons are myriad and often result in…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
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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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Quennerstedt, Ann – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This paper explores ways in which human rights become part of and affect young children's everyday practices in early childhood education and, more particularly, how very young children enact human rights in the preschool setting. The study is conducted in a Swedish preschool through observations of the everyday practices of a group of children…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Civil Rights, Observation, Toddlers
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Chu, Szu-Yin – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Current educational policy promotes the use of evidence-based practices to maximize children's learning outcomes. With the goal of enhancing a child's ability to learn functional language, the purpose of this study was to focus on involving families through the utilization of evidence-based intervention based upon the Applied Behaviour Analysis…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disabilities, Verbal Communication, Language Skills
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Chesworth, Liz – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Children's interests are widely recognised as pivotal to meaningful learning and play in the early years. However, less is known about how children's diverse interests may contribute to relationships and interactions within peer cultures. This article builds upon previous studies to argue that participation in sociocultural activity generates…
Descriptors: Childhood Interests, Play, Child Development, Peer Relationship
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