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Snell, Emily K.; Hindman, Annemarie H.; Wasik, Barbara A. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2019
With the advance of technology, additional opportunities for professional development are available through nontraditional means. In this review, we examine the effectiveness of technology-mediated language and literacy professional development (Tech PD) programs for teachers and students in early childhood settings. We review Tech PD…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Faculty Development, Literacy Education
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Zhang, Chenyi; Cook, J. Claire – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2019
This study presents a professional development (PD) model for promoting preschool teachers' writing instruction utilizing teachers' reflective practices. Thirteen prekindergarten teachers were followed for the entire pre-K year. Teachers were assigned to intervention and comparison conditions. A reflective PD workshop was developed based on…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Preschool Teachers, Writing Instruction, Reflective Teaching
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lim, Cynthia – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2019
The way educarers conceptualize their role in the education and care of infants can influence their pedagogical practices and interactions with infants in their care. The Early Years Development Framework was developed to provide key principles, practices, and learning outcomes to guide educarers working with children under 3 in Singapore. It…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Role, Infants, Preschool Teachers
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Pelkowski, Tracy; Herman, Everett; Trahan, Keith; Winters, Dana M.; Tananis, Cindy; Swartz, Mallary I.; Bunt, Nancy; Rodgick, Chris – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2019
Studies show that early engagement with mathematics leads to increased math achievement later in life. Yet, early childhood teachers do not regard mathematics as critical to young learners' development and lack confidence with helping children learn mathematics. Early childhood teacher comfort and engagement with mathematics is a critical element…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Instruction, Preschool Teachers, Faculty Development
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Jilink, Lisanne; Fukkink, Ruben; Huijbregts, Sanne – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2018
Research has demonstrated that teachers working in early childhood education and care (ECEC) are proficient in offering emotional support to young children, but markedly weaker when it comes to instructional support. We conducted a controlled experimental study in the Netherlands, to investigate the effects of targeted in-service training on…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Melasalmi, Anitta; Husu, Jukka – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2018
This study examines the two kindergarten teachers' shared professional identities in teamwork in an effort to clarify what constitutes their shared identities and how these identities affect the teachers' professional practices and beliefs. The relational nature of identity maintains that individuals are not the only constructors of their…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Feedback (Response), Professional Identity, Teacher Education
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Barnes, Jenna K.; Guin, Autumn; Allen, Kim – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2018
Providing early childhood professionals with professional development opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge can improve quality of care. For professional development to be valued by the early childhood workforce, it is essential to offer meaningful content that accommodates the needs of the learner. With an increasing demand for…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Educational Quality
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Delaney, Katherine K. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2018
Within the United States, publicly funded pre-Kindergarten (pre-K) is a borderland of teacher practice--somewhere between early childhood and Elementary approaches to pedagogy. For pre-K teachers, this can mean negotiating many different, and oft-competing conceptions of what curriculum and practice should look like in order to support the…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Best Practices, Preschool Education, Time
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Whyte, Kristin Lyn; Stein, M. Abigail; Kim, Debbie; Jou, Natalie; Coburn, Cynthia E. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2018
While early childhood practitioners have long been asked to have complex understandings of child development and provide rich, meaningful educational experiences for children, focusing on mathematics marks new terrain. Consequently, teacher educators are now tasked with figuring out how to communicate new ideas about early mathematics education to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Accountability, Teacher Educators, Mathematics Education
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Lynch, Jacqueline – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2017
An intervention study was conducted with preschool teachers to address their beliefs and practice in the area of language and literacy. A total of 27 preschool teachers, each from different early childcare centers, participated in three 1-day professional learning sessions over the course of 9 months. Learning sessions focused on three different…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Workshops, Faculty Development, Intervention
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Williford, Amanda P.; Carter, Lauren M.; Maier, Michelle F.; Hamre, Bridget K.; Cash, Anne; Pianta, Robert C.; Downer, Jason T. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2017
This study built on prior research regarding the effectiveness of the National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) course by exploring the individual course components. Core aspects of course engagement and performance were described and examined in relation to improvements in the observed quality of teacher-child…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Course Content, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Student Relationship
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Beavers, Elizabeth; Orange, Amy; Kirkwood, Donna – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2017
This article describes a research study in which 10 early childhood education students participated in facilitated critical reflection experiences during a 7-week practicum. Students' critical thinking skills were quantitatively assessed using the Cornell Critical Thinking Test and qualitatively documented through analysis of daily, weekly, and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Reflection, Early Childhood Education, College Students
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Isik-Ercan, Zeynep; Perkins, Kelley – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2017
Drawing from sociocultural theories of learning and literature on reflection in educational contexts, this article describes reflective practices as a meaning-making and action engine to support early childhood education practitioners' professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions. We argue that the process of reflection requires a differential…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Faculty Development, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education
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Brown, Christopher P.; Englehardt, Joanna – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2016
Policy makers and early childhood stakeholders across the United States continue to seek policy solutions that improve early educators' instruction of young children. A primary vehicle for attaining this goal is professional development. This has led to an influx of empirical studies that seek to develop a set of best practices for professional…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Qualitative Research
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Mages, Wendy K. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2016
This article documents the implementation of a professional development workshop on the Reggio Emilia approach in early childhood art education. It describes how early childhood educators participated in a collaborative collage experience and how a similar art activity can be engaging for young children. It also highlights philosophies,…
Descriptors: Reggio Emilia Approach, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Workshops
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