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Weber-Mayrer, Melissa M.; Piasta, Shayne B.; Yeager Pelatti, Christina – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2015
Professional development (PD) for early childhood educators has received increased attention as a means of bolstering young children's learning and development. Theory and research indicate that educators' characteristics play roles in both their own learning and that of children; however, little research has explored who participates in PD. This…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, State Programs, Faculty Development, Preschool Teachers
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Nelson, Chelie; Lindeman, David P.; Stroup-Rentier, Vera Lynne – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
An itinerant service delivery model takes early intervention and special education services to environments where young children with disabilities participate in their communities. Reconciliation of the mismatch that often occurs between recommended and actual practice requires support at all levels of the service delivery system, including…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Early Intervention, Focus Groups, Disabilities
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Thompson, Josh; Stryker, Aggie – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
How do college professors prepare for class? Teachers often approach the lesson planning process differently. Some, though quite different in their methods, come out with remarkably similar results. Two highly effective teachers engaged each other in peer-reflection as they explored their own methods of lesson preparation. As they conferred with…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Educators, Teaching Methods
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Prosser, Theresa M. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2009
Parent involvement in preservice teacher education is an important component of that preparation. Parents' stories of their everyday experiences having an infant/toddler with disabilities can bring insights to future interventionists that no one else can provide. How do we get parents into the university classrooms? How do we help them tell their…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Early Intervention, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship
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Portugal, Maria Gabriela; Aveleira, Ana Paula – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2009
This article presents a reflective report on a project aiming to strengthen educators and improve early childhood education in Guinea-Bissau--one of the poorest countries on the African continent, where preschool teachers have no training and have to face several ongoing difficulties. Helping these Guinea-Bissau teachers to focus on curriculum…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Improvement Programs, Teacher Improvement
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Cornish, Mary M.; Cantor, Patricia A. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2008
This article describes how Metacognitive Journals were used to teach prospective early childhood educators about constructivism. We emphasize the importance of modeling constructivist pedagogy and cultivating students' metacognitive potential. We share the effects on our students' learning and on our teaching. We also offer recommendations for…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Teaching Methods, Metacognition, Cognitive Processes
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Armstrong, Kathleen; Cusumano, Dale Lynn; Todd, Melissa; Cohen, Rachel – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2008
While it is clear that reading is critical to children's success throughout schooling and reading instruction research has dramatically increased over the past 2 decades, few early childhood providers have the necessary knowledge, skills and/or confidence to effectively implement evidence-based, emergent literacy strategies in their settings. This…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Professional Development, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Puig, Victoria I.; Recchia, Susan L. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2008
Novice professionals entering the fields of early childhood education and early childhood special education face many challenges and often feel disconnected from the support system that nurtured them during their teacher education programs (Brindle, Fleege, & Graves, 2000). The Early Childhood Professional Mentoring Group (ECPMG) was established…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Education Programs, Early Childhood Education, Masters Programs
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Kourtessis, Thomas; Tsigilis, Nikolaos; Maheridou, Maria; Ellinoudis, Theodoros; Kiparissis, Michael; Kioumourtzoglou, Efthimis – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2008
The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a short intervention program designed to enhance the educators' ability to identify children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Twenty early childhood and 20 physical education teachers (n = 40) participated in the study. Participants were randomly assigned into an…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Intervention, Program Effectiveness
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Vesay, Joanne Palermo – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2008
In this study, the staff development opportunities among early childhood educators in community-based, nonprofit child care centers were investigated. The trends for professional development and implications for future staff development were determined from data gathered from surveys completed by 12 lead teachers, 5 paraprofessionals, and 5…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Child Care Centers, Educational Opportunities, Professional Development
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Buchanan, Michelle L.; Morgan, Michael; Cooney, Margaret; Gerharter, Mitch – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2006
One of the greatest challenges we face as an early childhood professional community is providing short-term, affordable professional development that results in depth of understanding and change of practice. The University of Wyoming Early Childhood Summer Institute is a model for professional development that fosters reflection, inquiry, and…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Followup Studies, Professional Development, Institutes (Training Programs)
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Luo, Nili; Gilliard, Jennifer L. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2006
To effectively teach young children, early childhood teachers must be prepared to collaborate with families of diverse backgrounds. Studying the unique cultural contexts of children and families in American early care and education programs and communities will offer early educators information needed to develop empathy for the families with whom…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teacher Education Programs, Student Attitudes, Empathy
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Wolfe, Randi B. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2006
If preservice teachers are to be capably prepared to meet the challenges of classroom and community diversity, teacher educators have a responsibility to address the full range of diversity issues in teacher preparation coursework, despite controversial or political overtones that may exist. Among these issues is that of considering and responding…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Homosexuality, Resource Materials, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Mullarkey, Lara S.; Recchia, Susan L.; Lee, Seung Yeon; Shin, Min Sun; Lee, Yoon Joo – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2005
This qualitative study looked at how early childhood teachers talk about and interact with the most powerful children in their classrooms--the student leaders. Relying primarily on interviews with six teachers in early childhood classrooms (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers) within a University-affiliated center, this paper reconsidered…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Leadership Qualities, Student Leadership
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Bouley-Picard, Theresa M. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2005
The purpose of this paper is to share a comprehensive project developed by three early childhood teacher educators. Over the past three semesters groups of preservice teachers ranging from 16 to 25, from a small state university were asked to engage in thematic literacy play centers during the first semester of their teacher preparation program.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Play, Teacher Educators