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Sherfinski, Melissa; Jalalifard, Mariam; Zhang, Jing; Hayes, Sharon – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2019
This article examines an early childhood preservice teacher narrative portfolio project created by teacher educators working in a public university in the United States. We explore preservice teachers' and teacher educators' experiences with the project across four cohorts using a case study design. Data include narrative vignettes and interviews…
Descriptors: Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Change
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Ness, Molly K. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2019
Many preservice and early career teachers in the United States are White, middle class, and female and as such have little firsthand experience working with or growing up in the increasingly diverse population of U.S. schools. As a part of a graduate course in children's literature, the objective of this study was to understand teacher candidates'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Childrens Literature, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Englehardt, Joanna; Brown, Christopher P. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2019
Policymakers' neoliberal education reforms, which define education through economic rather than democratic principles, continue to promote the integration of mobile devices into early childhood classrooms to provide students with new learning opportunities while preparing them for the job market. Although many schools have begun integrating such…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Resor, Jessica; Hegde, Archana V.; Stage, Virginia C.; Yeh, Chia – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2019
This study aimed to understand early childhood pre-service teachers' thoughts and experiences with nutrition education in their undergraduate program and how these experiences play into their perceptions and future use of nutrition education within their own classrooms. Using phenomenology, 11 in-depth telephonic interviews were conducted with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Student Attitudes
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Hall, Alice H.; Peden, John G.; Maurer, Trent W. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017
This research evaluated the effectiveness of training and educating preservice teachers to understand and implement developmentally appropriate practices for children birth to age 5. Data from 803 participants were collected over a 3-year period at a university with a laboratory child care program associated with an undergraduate degree in child…
Descriptors: Young Children, Teaching Methods, Child Development, Teacher Education
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Loizou, Eleni; Charalambous, Nasia – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017
This study aims to unfold the framework of empowerment pedagogy by describing an approach of listening to the children, supporting their rights, and enhancing participation through the lens of a learning community. The authors draw from the literature that acknowledges children as active agents and supports them in participating in their daily…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Communities of Practice, Guidelines, Participant Observation
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Rabin, Colette; Smith, Grinell – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
As teacher educators, the authors developed an assignment focused on care ethics to prepare teacher candidates to design classroom-management procedures aimed at cultivating caring community. The teacher candidates revised traditional classroom-management processes, such as class rules, into cocreated norms. They also designed original management…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Lesson Plans, Caring, Ethics
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Maskit, Ditza; Firstater, Esther – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
This study examines the associations between preschool teachers' (PTs) perceptions of teaching as a profession and attitudes toward pedagogical changes, in relation to their seniority and their work setting--public sector or private sector. Participants were 105 preschool teachers, who filled out three measures: (1) PTs' perceptions of teaching as…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Innovation, Correlation
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Vorkapic, Sanja Tatalovic; Cepic, Renata; Ċ ekulja, Ivana – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
The main aim of this study was to examine personality traits and life satisfaction of future preschool and primary school teachers and to examine if there are differences between these two groups of students. The study was conducted on a sample of 290 students of the University of Rijeka attending Early and Preschool Education and Teacher…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Life Satisfaction, Preservice Teachers, Preschool Teachers
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Morton, Brenda M. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2015
The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore the perceptions of former and current foster youth about the barriers they encountered during their K-12 education, and to learn how they overcame these obstacles and achieved academic success. The study included in-depth interviews of 11 participants, all of whom were current or former…
Descriptors: Foster Care, Academic Achievement, Barriers, Qualitative Research
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Jung, Eunjoo; Jin, Bora – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2014
This study investigates the perceptions of 207 college students in early childhood education and child and family studies (future professionals) regarding the role of play in early childhood classrooms. The results indicate that future professionals in their freshman and sophomore years in college held relatively positive perceptions of play in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, College Students, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Davis, Darrel R.; Bergen, Doris – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2014
This study investigated whether the types and amount of playful activity and thought exhibited from early childhood to adulthood are related to aspects of moral development, such as empathy, behavior, and reasoning. It explored whether the assertions of theorists such as Piaget, Vygotsky, and Erikson regarding the facilitative effect of games with…
Descriptors: College Students, Play, Age Differences, Developmental Stages