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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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Wild, Mary; Silberfeld, Carolyn; Nightingale, Beverley – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
This paper considers the overt and covert discourses in two contemporary policy documents in England and Wales, "The Nutbrown Review: Foundations for Quality" ([DfE] Department for Education Department for Education. 2012. "The Nutbrown Review: Foundations for Quality: The Independent Review of Early Education and Childcare…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries, Labor Force, Child Care
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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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Vidmar, Maša – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
In the present study the longitudinal relations between quantity of centre-based child care (in months) and teacher reports of internalising and externalising behaviour in the first and second grades were examined for 325 Slovenian children. The socio-political context of affordable, accessible and homogenously high-quality child care is quite…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Context Effect, Longitudinal Studies, Child Care
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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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Kultti, Anne – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
This study focuses on the nature of children's participation in an Australian early childhood context in which their second language is used. The aim is to create knowledge of toddlers' modes and trajectories of participation. Empirical data documenting the participation of two toddlers were gathered through video observations of everyday…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Toddlers, Child Development
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Chu, Szu-Yin – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support (PBIS) is an evidence-based approach that has been proven to be effective in remediating problem behaviours in children. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the family-centred PBIS approach when involving Taiwanese families in the treatment of off-task and non-compliant…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Positive Reinforcement, Teaching Methods, Behavior Modification
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Warren, Elizabeth; Miller, Jodie – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
In the Australian context, children living in disadvantaged circumstances, whose second language is English, are one of the groups at risk of failing in mathematics. This paper explores the impact purposely developed learning activities (Representations, Oral Language and Engagement in Mathematics Learning activities) have on pupils' mathematics…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Disadvantaged Environment, Disadvantaged Youth, Educationally Disadvantaged
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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
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Dunn, Jill – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Consulting with children is widely recognised as an essential element in building understanding about children's lives. From a children's rights perspective, it is also a legal requirement on professionals working with children. However, translating the rhetoric into research and practice is still evolving. Previous studies report on working with…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Child Advocacy, Popular Culture, Educational Research
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Parry, John – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
This paper reports on a small-scale study of the social interactions between six children labelled with special educational needs and their peers in their respective early years settings. Data from play observations, photographs and staff interviews is used to examine the dynamics of the connections that they make with other children. The position…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Evaluation, Special Needs Students, Comparative Analysis
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Palmér, Hanna – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
The results in this article explore whether and how the design of applications used on tablet computers influences the interaction and dialogues that occur between children and pedagogues, the participation of children in the activities and the mathematics that can be learned. While mathematics offered a lens to explore the use of tablet devices,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers
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Heidari, Kamal – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
The primary aim of the current study was to explore whether non-linguistic conventions, especially gesture, have a significant impact on children's vocabulary learning. Fifty male and female Iranian children aged between 3 and 6 years of age (mean age?=?3.5) from two classes of a language institute were taught a set of lexical items using two…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nonverbal Communication, Language Acquisition, Vocabulary Development
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Nikolopoulou, Kleopatra; Gialamas, Vasilis – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
This study investigated early childhood teachers' beliefs about information and communications technology (ICT) and play in preschool, as well as their confidence in integrating ICT in the classroom. A 28-item questionnaire was compiled and administered to 190 early childhood teachers in Greece. Although ICT play (which can provide learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Information Technology
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Mortlock, Anita – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2015
Mealtimes and their associated rituals are recognised as important aspects of human socialisation; however, much of the research about mealtimes in early childhood education settings has focused on health or on adult-child discursive exchanges. The present study aimed to investigate children's interactions with each other and their influence on…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Socialization, Interaction, Preschool Teachers
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