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Mykkänen, Arttu; Määttä, Elina; Järvelä, Sanna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Previous research has shown that observing peers' success in learning is important for the development of children's belief in themselves as learners. However, in research, these observations are seldom made in actual classroom learning activities. This study investigated how children explain factors that lead to their peers' successes in…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Peer Acceptance, Academic Achievement, Success
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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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Hilppö, Jaakko; Lipponen, Lasse; Kumpulainen, Kristiina; Rainio, Anna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This socioculturally informed study investigated children's sense of agency in relation to their everyday life in preschool. The empirical data comprised focus groups reflection situations wherein Finnish preschool children (n. 19, aged 6-7) reflected on their everyday life with the help of photographs and drawings they made. Building on a…
Descriptors: Investigations, Preschool Children, Focus Groups, Photography
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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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Ren, Yonggang; Wyver, Shirley – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This study investigated whether host and heritage cultural orientations were associated with Chinese preschoolers' social competence and whether such associations varied across gender in Western contexts. Ninety-six Chinese-Australian children aged 36-69 months from 15 childcare centres in Sydney participated in the study. The General Ethnicity…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Gender Differences, Bilingual Students, Preschool Children
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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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Barron, Ian – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This paper documents trainees' "flight turbulence" as they negotiate the complexities that lie between "the self" and the securing of Early Years Teaching Status in England. Early Years Teachers, besides teaching, are expected to lead improvements to the quality of provision. However, drawing on interview data, an impasse is…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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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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Ingleby, Ewan – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
This article investigates the application of technology to pedagogy in early years. The research considers the perceptions of technology that are held by a variety of practitioners in a range of settings. The research explores the factors influencing the participants' interpretation of the pedagogical value of technology by asking two questions.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Nursery Schools, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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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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Shuker, Mary Jane; Cherrington, Sue – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
The early childhood education (ECE) sector in New Zealand has long been recognised for the diversity of service types and range of organisations involved in delivering ECE. However, less attention has been paid to diversity within individual ECE services. This article draws on a national survey carried out as part of a larger project, "The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Barriers, Educational Opportunities
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Dong, Chuanmei; Newman, Linda – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Western research over the last decade has shown that early childhood (EC) teachers' perspectives on the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the early years strongly shape young children's experiences in educational settings and affect the integration of ICT into the classroom. The research in China is scant however. This…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Information Technology, Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education
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Aldhafeeri, Fayiz; Palaiologou, Ioanna; Folorunsho, Aderonke – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2016
Scholars in the field of early childhood education are still debating the inclusion of digital technologies in play-based pedagogy and our understanding of digital play in early childhood education is still developing. This research paper examines early childhood education teachers' views, aptitudes and attitudes towards digital technologies in…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Information Technology
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