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Frejd, Johanna – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2018
With the aim of exploring how children discuss underlying reasons for evolution and how materials function in children's meaning making processes, this article provides insight into how evolution theory can be introduced in preschool and in the early years of primary school. Video data from eight group discussions (N = 27) were analyzed using a…
Descriptors: Evolution, Semiotics, Foreign Countries, Preschool Children
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Löf, Camilla – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2018
Central values promoted in a national curricula are often uncontested (Arnot, Hopman, & Molander, 2007; Colnerud, 2004; Popkewitz, 2009). Therefore, a critical understanding of these values is crucial, as is an understanding of how students are affected by interpretations of certain values as fundamental. The aim of this study is to cast light…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Discourse Analysis, Compulsory Education, Values
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Alatalo, Tarja; Meier, Joanna; Frank, Elisabeth – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017
Collaboration and continuity between school types are important factors that favor long-term learning and that need to be given attention in the transition between early childhood school institutions. This study highlights teachers' experiences of information sharing during the transition from Swedish preschool to preschool class (i.e., from the…
Descriptors: Literacy, Preschool Children, Child Care, Preschool Education
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Jeppsson, Fredrik; Frejd, Johanna; Lundmark, Frida – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017
This study focuses on investigating how students make use of their bodily experiences in combination with infrared (IR) cameras, as a way to make meaning in learning about heat, temperature, and friction. A class of 20 primary students (age 7-8 years), divided into three groups, took part in three IR camera laboratory experiments. The qualitative…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Photography, Heat
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Angantyr, Malin; Hansen, Eric M.; Eklund, Jakob Håkansson; Malm, Kerstin – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Humane education programs designed to increase children's empathy for animals are becoming more common. A quasi-experiment tested the effectiveness of one such program by comparing 80 children who had completed the program with a control group of 57 children who had not. The children read a story involving an injured dog and rated the degree of…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Empathy, Animals, Intervention
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Holmqvist Olander, Mona; Nyberg, Eva – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2014
This study aims to describe how the learning study model can be used to improve lesson design and children's learning outcomes by enabling them to perceive and define the critical aspects of the object of learning, guided by variation theory. Three lesson designs were used with three groups of children (A = 24, B = 13, C = 14) from two schools.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction
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Sheridan, Sonja; Schuster, Kathe-Maria – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2001
Examined how the concept of quality in the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) is concretized in pedagogical processes, in a comparison of classroom observations in Germany and Sweden. Observers from each country evaluated preschools in the other country, using the ECERS. Comparisons showed the benefits of using ECERS for facilitating…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Research, Cross Cultural Studies, Early Childhood Education
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Ekholm, Bodil; And Others – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1995
Twelve Swedish day-care centers were studied concerning patterns of adult behavior towards children, and adult intentions, attitudes, and norms regarding work and interpersonal relations. Found that patterns of adult behavior were proscribed by three different center climates: future focused, present focused, and combined. Three patterns of adult…
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Day Care Centers, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries
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Hedin, Anna; And Others – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1997
Investigated relationship between children's behavior and the child-rearing climate (future-focused, present-focused, combined) and work climate (relaxed, strained, mixed) at day care centers. Found differences in children's prosocial and collaborative behaviors in centers with future-focused or combined rearing climates and relaxed work climates…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Child Rearing, Children, Comparative Analysis