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Cooper, Patricia M. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2019
This essay addresses two types of disasters that can affect early childhood classrooms, which deserve more attention during teacher preparation. The first includes such natural phenomena as earthquakes and hurricanes, as well man-made events, such as fires and, incredibly, school shootings. They are almost always unexpected and happen in real…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Crisis Management, Natural Disasters, Weapons
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Davies, Sharon; Trinidad, Sue – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2013
This article provides an overview of the Australian Federal Government initiatives in the area of early childhood with regard to the provision of early childhood education and care. These changes have influenced a Western Australian university to develop an innovative birth to 8 years preservice educator education curriculum. Using an ecological…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries
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Sheridan, Kathleen Mary; Kelly, Melissa A. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2012
Early childhood teacher education courses must prepare students for the types of challenges they will face in communities and classrooms after graduation. By adopting a scenario-based approach, teacher educators and others designing online environments can help prepare students for these challenges. Solving complex problems inherent in a…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Education Courses, Distance Education
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Voss, Joy A.; Bufkin, Linda J. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
Preparing early childhood and early childhood special education preservice teachers for inclusive settings is the focus of this article. The need for all teachers to be prepared for inclusive settings has become evident with the growing diversity of children in every classroom. Integrating inclusive content throughout the teacher preparation…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Field Experience Programs
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Trepanier-Street, Mary – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
Best practice in the early childhood special education field supports the inclusion of young children with special needs in natural learning environments, that is, in programs where children without disabilities of the same age and their families participate. Consequently, early childhood teacher education programs must prepare professionals to…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Special Needs Students
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Bruns, Deborah A.; Cooley, Marissa – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
Preparing early childhood education (ECE) and early childhood special education (ECSE) professionals to work with young children with and without disabilities entails the acquisition of content, its application, and opportunities for reflection. This article describes a component of an ECSE assessment course focusing on the logistics and process…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Evaluation Methods
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Meier, Daniel R.; Stremmel, Andrew J. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
This article discusses the value of narrative for conceptualizing and promoting teacher research and inquiry in early childhood teacher education. The article provides an overview of essential forms and functions of narrative, paying particular attention to the contributions of narrative inquiry, which is a research framework rarely applied to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Teacher Researchers, Inquiry
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Hestenes, Linda L.; Laparo, Karen; Scott-Little, Catherine; Chakravarthi, Swetha; Lower, Joanna K.; Cranor, Angie; Cassidy, Deborah J.; Niemeyer, Judith – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2009
Preparing students in the early childhood field to work with children both with and without disabilities and to collaborate with different professionals is an important endeavor for colleges and universities. The purpose of this paper is to articulate a unique model of program collaboration between early childhood special education and early…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Young Children
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Szente, Judit – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2008
In this article, the author describes a service learning experience that allowed university students to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children as a partial requirement for an introductory level course in Early Childhood Education. Data from the journals and case studies indicated that preservice teachers benefited from this…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Service Learning, Young Children
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Buchanan, Teresa K.; Benedict, Joan – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2007
After the hurricanes, faculty asked the students to help with the relief efforts in different ways. Most students volunteered to work in shelters directly with individual or groups of children, youths, and adults. After their experiences, they wrote brief reflections about what they had done. Their comments show that they developed a better…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Volunteers, Student Participation
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Nelson, Regena Fails – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2007
This study describes the development of a parent resource center at a university child care center. The parent resource center is funded by a federal grant and is designed to provide support to low-income student-parents on campus. Early childhood education interns work in the center to learn how to build family relationships. The program has been…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Resource Centers
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Appl, Dolores J.; Yorde, Susan L. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2005
In this article two teacher educators describe an approach they have used with preservice early childhood and early childhood special education majors. They explain how the approach that they call "stories about teaching" resembles, yet differs from case study methods. The authors explain the process they used to develop, pilot, and use stories…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Education Majors, Young Children, Teacher Educators
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Seitz, Hilary – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2005
This article describes how a preservice early childhood program collaborates with a local agency in a community engagement project. The project was implemented in a family-community partnership class for preservice teachers. There were three purposes for this project. First, to build a partnership between the University of Alaska Anchorage…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Young Children, Child Care, Preservice Teacher Education