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Yim, Eunice Pui-yu – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The conflicting education values in Hong Kong kindergartens and primary schools pose various challenges to kindergarten teachers in providing pupils with a smooth transition to primary school which requires collaboration from schools and families. This study explored these challenges as well as the benefits of a professional teacher training…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Grade 1, School Readiness
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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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Vlasov, Janniina; Hujala, Eeva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine changes that have taken place in centre-based early childhood education (ECE) in the USA, Russia, and Finland between 1991 and 2014. The cross-culturally conducted study aimed to identify and contrast socio-cultural differences and similarities of the perceived changes in the context of the studied…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Cultural Differences
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Dunlop, Aline-Wendy – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
This paper explores early childhood experience in Scotland in terms of how readily the aspirations of policy convert to day-to-day practices. Ambitions to improve the lives of children and families have been high on the political agenda. Policy may be understood as a tool that aims to influence childhood experience in positive ways. If this is to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Aspiration, Educational Change
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McMillan, Dorothy J.; McConnell, Barbara – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Following a lengthy consultation process across Northern Ireland (NI), 2013 saw the publication of Learning to Learn: A Framework for Early Years Education and Learning [DE (Department of Education). 2013. "Learning to Learn: A Framework for Early Years Education and Learning." Accessed July 15, 2014.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Discourse Analysis
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Mitchell, Linda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy reflects ideas about childhood, labour force participation, education, the economy and the role of the state. This article spans a period of political change in New Zealand from a left of centre government during the first decade of the twenty-first century to a right of centre government from 2009.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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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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Moss, Peter – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
The new Labour government that entered office in 1997 made early childhood education and care (ECEC) a policy priority, after decades of neglect. The article provides an overview of the subsequent policy developments, looking at three areas in more detail: governance and finance; the organisation and management of services; and the workforce. It…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Educational Opportunities, Educational Finance
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Zada, Khan – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2014
This paper presents a critical account of early childhood education (ECE) in Pakistan. It moves from a general review of the benefits of ECE to focus on the issues and challenges connected to the professional development of early childhood teachers. It highlights problems encountered in developing practitioners who are highly skilled in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Benefits, Faculty Development
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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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Jopling, Michael; Whitmarsh, Judy; Hadfield, Mark – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This paper describes the findings of a qualitative evaluation of an early years' intervention, I Can's Early Talk (ET) programme. ET was designed to improve speech, language and communication outcomes for children aged 0-5 by focusing on enhancing practitioners' knowledge and skills. The research focused on children aged 3-4 years and was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care Centers, Speech
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Faulkner, Dorothy; Coates, Elizabeth A. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article offers a chronological account and critical appraisal of changes to early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in England over the past 20 years. It describes the policy initiatives, educational interventions and research programmes introduced by successive governments that have effected significant changes to ECEC since 1990.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Child Care, Educational Policy
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Kourti, Evangelia; Androussou, Alexandra – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article focuses on the development of future preschool teachers' critical awareness through the introduction of two "new" subjects--intercultural education and media education--in the curriculum of an early childhood department in Greece. The current social and political context, the structure of preschool teachers' training in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Critical Thinking
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Liu, Yan; Pan, Yue-Juan – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
Compared with the former policies on early childhood education, the policies recently issued in mainland China clearly defined early childhood education as an integral part of education and social public welfare and stipulated the responsibilities of the government in its development, shifting the developmental orientation to promoting social…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Federal Government
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Lindahl, Mats Gunnar; Folkesson, Anne-Mari – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2012
Societal change and prescriptions in curricula demand a change in educational practice. This can create conflicts between practitioners' usual practices (norms) and those prescribed by curricula. One example is the introduction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into preschool practice. Hence, our aim is to analyse how norms are…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Change, Preschool Teachers
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