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Degotardi, Sheila; Sweller, Naomi; Pearson, Emma – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This study investigated the perspectives of early childhood teachers and parents regarding the importance of provisions afforded by child-teacher and peer relationships in early childhood centres. Participants were 200 parents and 71 teachers of children aged 0-5 years who responded to an online survey containing a series of relationship function…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Peer Relationship
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Bekman, Sevda; Koçak, Aylin Atmaca – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
Although previous quantitative studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the mother-child education programme (MOCEP) that originated in Turkey in 1993, the study reported here uses a qualitative approach to gain an in-depth understanding of mothers' views of the outcomes of the programme. The study was conducted with 100 mothers from five…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mothers, Mother Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship
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Dockett, Sue; Perry, Bob – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This paper details and compares the discernible trends observed in a wide-ranging review of the recent starting school literature in Australia and beyond. More than half of the research reviewed considers children's readiness for school. This research is critiqued through a three-way view of readiness: child readiness, school readiness and support…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Readiness, Transitional Programs, Early Childhood Education
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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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Sheridan, Sonja; Pramling Samuelsson, Ingrid – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article aims to examine dominant discourses and changing paradigmatic views on children's learning and well-being in preschool in relation to theories on learning and research on quality and policy in Sweden. The key question: what are the main changes in policy, pedagogy and views of children's learning? The article builds on research that…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Well Being, Foreign Countries
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Vasconcelos, Teresa – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article describes how the Portuguese National Council for Education initiated a participatory process that gave rise to the development of a "public statement", "The Education for Children from Zero to Six Years". This statement and its 11 recommendations were directed towards the Ministry of Education and called for a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Planning, Early Childhood Education, Participative Decision Making
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Gray, Colette; Donnelly, Joanne – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article reports findings from a small-scale project that employs a two-stage approach. Informed by the rights of minority ethnic groups to self-determination, the first aspect of the study focuses on the experiences of mothers of children with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) from two ethnically diverse groups: Irish Traveller and…
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Ethnic Groups, Mothers, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Elwick, Sheena; Sumsion, Jennifer – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
Drawing on Thomas, Whybrow and Scharber's four participatory perspectives, this paper describes and complicates endeavours to move beyond utilitarian perspectives of infant participation in participatory research. It proposes that film-mediated encounters between researchers and infants have the potential to be more than sites that privilege…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Infants, Participatory Research, Films
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van Oers, Bert – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
As in many countries, in the Netherlands, governmental policy regulates the decisions of schools and care providers that concern and the control of the quality of education and care. Article 23 of the Dutch Constitution defines a fundamental right of freedom in matters of education within the context of institutions such as schools and other…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Child Development
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Harcourt, Deborah; Hägglund, Solveig – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
Children's rights have been studied from several perspectives. The implementation of children's rights has been argued in a corpus of seminal works seeking to problematise ways in which rights may be integrated and visible, with a particular focus on children's participation. Research also exists in the areas of policy, democratic practice and…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Childhood Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Ethnography
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Konstantoni, Kristina – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
Young children's active participation is high on the UK's political, research and policy agendas; at least in rhetoric. However, critiques have emerged regarding the extent to which this rhetoric has been translated into practice and whether participatory rights are linked to the implementation of other human rights. Drawing on an ethnographic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnography, Early Childhood Education, Childrens Rights
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Lagerlöf, Pernilla; Wallerstedt, Cecilia; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article concerns children's engagement and participation in a musical dialogue, with the adult taking the role of the more-experienced participant and frames the activity as a musical play activity (in both senses of the word "play"). It presents an analysis of empirical data from a session with two six-year-old children interacting…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Foreign Countries, Music Activities
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Ghirotto, Luca; Mazzoni, Valentina – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This paper begins with some general comments regarding the concept of participation in educative processes as it has developed in the preceding decades from a rights-based perspective, following the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In order to discuss the notion of participation, the authors introduce a…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Student Participation, Early Childhood Education, Adults
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Atmore, Eric – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
In April 1994, South Africa held its historic first democratic election. The African National Congress overwhelmingly triumphed and Nelson Mandela became the first president of a free and democratic South Africa. In this review, the situation of South Africa's young children under apartheid and the context of young children in South Africa in 2012…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Social Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy
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