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Theodotou, Evgenia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2017
Literacy as a social practice has a fundamental role in children's lives especially in the early years context, in which social interactions are in the centre of knowledge achievement. Several pieces of research investigate the positive contribution of the arts in children's literacy development in the early years settings. However, most of them…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Literacy, Art, Early Childhood Education
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Niklas, Frank; Cohrssen, Caroline; Tayler, Collette – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
In Australia, emphasis in early childhood education policy is placed on the importance of the role of the family as a child's first educator, and finding effective ways to raise the effectiveness of parents in supporting children's learning, development and well-being. International studies demonstrate that the home learning environment (HLE)…
Descriptors: Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Numeracy
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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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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