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Niklasson, Laila; Sandberg, Anette – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2012
The aim of this article is to describe how field studies can be useful in teacher education. While participating in a specialty area called "Play, learning and development," student teachers collected data about their own and young children's experience and perception of the outdoor environment. They observed, carried out interviews from…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Outdoor Education, Field Studies
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Barned, Nicole E.; Knapp, Nancy Flanagan; Neuharth-Pritchett, Stacey – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
Limited research exists on what preservice teachers know and believe about children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their inclusion in general education classrooms, especially in early childhood education. In this preliminary study, knowledge and attitudes of 15 early childhood preservice teachers at a large southeastern university were…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Autism, Young Children
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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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Scott-Little, Catherine; La Paro, Karen M.; Thomason, Amy C.; Pianta, Robert C.; Hamre, Bridget; Downer, Jason; Burchinal, Margaret; Howes, Carollee – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
Research suggests that teachers' interactions with preschool-age children have a significant influence on what children learn and the skills they develop. Additional research is needed to systematically determine the types of professional development that can help teachers learn effective teaching practices. This study is part of a larger effort…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Professional Development, Teaching Methods
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Bauml, Michelle – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
This qualitative case study reports how 5 first-year kindergarten/primary teachers utilized knowledge and skills from their teacher preparation program as a means of approaching curricular decision-making for instructional practice. In many ways, participants drew from university courses, field experiences, or both to help them make sense of their…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Field Experience Programs, Kindergarten, Beginning Teachers
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Kim, Hae Kyoung; Kemple, Kristen M. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
This study examines early childhood preservice teachers' beliefs about the importance of music in early childhood and explores factors influencing those beliefs. The study found that preservice teachers in this study held relatively strong beliefs about the importance of music, including aesthetic, quality-of-life, and social-emotional benefits.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Music, Field Experience Programs
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McCrary, Donna E.; Sennette, Jennifer; Brown, David L. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
Children whose native language is one other than English face formidable challenges when they enter English-dominant schools. The task of learning English, progressing in one's native language, and acculturating to the school environment is a complicated one that requires the child to develop many new skills. In the past, children who were English…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education, Preschool Children
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Plaisir, Jean Y.; Hachey, Alyse C.; Theilheimer, Rachel – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
In the of Fall 2006, our large, urban community college implemented digital portfolio development for all of the preservice early childhood educators registered in the infant-toddler and preschool-early elementary programs. Three years after implementation of the program, we conducted survey research to assess our students' perceptions of their…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Student Attitudes, Portfolio Assessment, Community Colleges
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Zygmunt-Fillwalk, Eva – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
This study reports the relationship of an undergraduate course in family and community relations to the teaching practices of 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-year elementary and early childhood education graduates of a mid-sized Midwestern university. Sixty students were surveyed using the Peabody Family Involvement Survey (Katz & Bauch, 1999), with a…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Study
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DellaMattera, Julie N. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
Studies show that for preschool-age children, social skills can have a profound effect on, and be a predictor of, future societal success and school achievement. Therefore, it is essential that young children develop appropriate social behaviors. To do this, preschoolers need support and guidance from the adults in their life: parents, family, and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Young Children, Social Development, Interpersonal Competence
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Eckhoff, Angela – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
This study examined how preservice teachers view the nature and role of creativity in light of the complexities of contemporary early childhood classrooms. A multiple methods approach was utilized and data were collected with the Questionnaire Examining Student Teachers' Beliefs about Creativity (Diakidoy & Kanari, 1999) survey instrument and…
Descriptors: Creativity, Early Childhood Education, Creative Thinking, Teaching Methods
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Bekleyen, Nilufer – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
This study was conducted in the English Language Teaching Department of a state university in Turkey. The aim of the study was to examine the differences in attitudes of teacher candidates before and after their short-term teaching experience with very young learners (VYL) of English. The study was performed during the first term of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Second Language Programs, English (Second Language), English Teachers
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Flores, Belinda Bustos; Casebeer, Cindy M.; Riojas-Cortez, Mari – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
Given increasing numbers of young culturally and/or linguistically diverse (CLD) children across the United States, it is crucial to prepare early childhood teachers to create high-quality environments that facilitate the development of all children. The Early Childhood Ecology Scale-Revised (ECES-R) has been developed as a reflective tool to help…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Measures (Individuals), Ecology, Factor Analysis
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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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Fayez, Merfat; Dababneh, Kholoud; Jumiaan, Ibrahim – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
This study was conducted during a period of national educational reforms in Jordan to investigate Jordanian preservice early childhood teachers' attitudes toward inclusion and the adequacy of their current preparation for implementing inclusion. The study also sought to identify the perceived concerns of preservice early childhood teachers about…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Data Analysis
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