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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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Oshiro, Aiko; Pihl, Agneta; Peterson, Louise; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This study reports an analysis of how children in a Japanese kindergarten are scaffolded when facing the challenge of collaboratively retelling a "kitsune" story they have been told. What is referred to as a "kitsune" story is an example of a trickster tale with foxes as anthropomorphised animals. The participants were ten…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Story Telling
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Sigurdardottir, Ingibjorg; Williams, Pia; Einarsdottir, Johanna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This empirical study aims to find if and how preschool teachers communicate values they consider important for children to learn in preschool. The study is a part of a Nordic research project on values education in Nordic preschools. Values are understood as desirable principles that guide human actions. Theoretically, the study draws on a…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Values Education, Preschool Children, Early Childhood Education
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Jones, Charlotte; Aubrey, Carol – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This case study attempts to capture the way gender is constructed and experienced in the social world of the nursery school. It presents findings from a staff survey, structured and unstructured observations of one male's and one female's professional practice and one-to-one interviews with children aged three to four years. Despite practitioners'…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Gender Differences, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers
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Nugent, Clare; MacQuarrie, Sarah; Beames, Simon – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
Nature kindergartens present opportunities to foster a love of natural environments through formative early childhood experiences. Three early childhood education settings -- one in Denmark, one in Finland and one in Scotland -- provided insight into nature kindergarten provision that has historically attracted a high proportion of male staff. At…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Education
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Eliyahu-Levi, Dolly; Ganz-Meishar, Michal – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
The purpose of the study is to describe the teacher's personal connection with parents as an intermediary factor between cultures and to examine the implications for the future of the migrant group in the receiving society. The study is a qualitative study based on the phenomenological approach and involved five teachers working with African…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Immigrants, Cultural Differences
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Palmér, Hanna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This article explores collective and individual perspectives on preschool mathematics within a professional development programme. All seven teachers at one Swedish preschool participated in a one-year research-based professional development programme. At the beginning and then again at the end of the programme, the teachers collectively wrote…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Mathematics Education, Preschool Curriculum
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Samuelsson, Robin – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This paper studies the scaffolding of conceptual development for children aged 4-5 years old during a science project at a Swedish preschool. It specifically examines how bodily knowledge and language are used in interaction, and how conceptual knowledge can be scaffolded with the use of external tools and artefacts. The science project was…
Descriptors: Interaction, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Science Projects
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Furman, Melina; Luzuriaga, Mariana; Taylor, Inés; Jarvis, Diana; Dominguez Prost, Enzo; Podestá, María Eugenia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
The use of effective questions is an essential attribute of successful early years science teaching. In this case study, we analyse the questions and dialogues generated by four preschool teachers from two schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of contrasting socioeconomic contexts (one privileged and one underprivileged). We looked at the…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Foreign Countries, Preschools, Preschool Teachers
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Cohrssen, Caroline; Niklas, Frank – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
In Australia, early childhood education takes a play-based approach to supporting children's engagement with mathematical ideas and numeracy development. To assist preschool teachers' implementation of the outcomes in the national Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, the Northern Territory (NT, Australia) has introduced the NT Preschool…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities, Educational Games, Numeracy
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Jack, Christine; Higgins, Steve – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
There are many digital technologies available to support teaching and learning. Historically the focus has tended to be on computers, but this has extended to include interactive whiteboards and tablets. As well as these technologies, which were originally designed for adults, there are devices specifically designed to support teaching and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Björklund, Camilla; Ahlskog-Björkman, Eva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This study presents an analysis of preschool teachers' reasoning about pedagogical goals. Of specific interest is how teachers in a Swedish and a Finnish context describe goals for children's learning and how they describe them implementing these goals into their practice. The research question is thus: How are pedagogical goals perceived and…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Hoang, Nhi; Holopainen, Leena; Siekkinen, Martti – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This study investigated the quality of teacher--child interaction and its effects on children's classroom engagement and disaffection in Vietnamese kindergartens. The quality of teacher-child interaction was measured using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System. Children's classroom engagement and disaffection were assessed by Engagement versus…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Student Relationship, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers
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Rouse, Elizabeth; Hadley, Fay – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
Overarching the Australian Early Childhood Education and Care sector currently are the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards and shape the practice of early childhood educators. Within these documents, the word LOVE is not mentioned as an important characteristic of effective teaching. This paper examines the notion of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, National Standards, Interpersonal Relationship
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Aslanian, Teresa K. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
Young children spend an increasing amount of time in out of home care, as neuroscientific research reveals the pivotal role love and touch plays in children's development. In response to this new knowledge, there is a growing interest in love and touch in the context of early childhood education. Sadly, cases of sexual abuse in early childhood…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Interpersonal Relationship, Psychological Patterns
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