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Campbell, Coral; Speldewinde, Christopher – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Bush kindergartens are a new practice in the Australian early childhood learning context and one that is rapidly becoming part of the kindergarten experience. Children leaving the confines of the bounded space of a kindergarten has been practised through excursions to outdoor places like zoos but the notion of conducting regular, ongoing…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Outdoor Education, Educational Policy, Learning Experience
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Reinke, Stephanie; Peters, Lacey; Castner, Daniel – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article is a commentary developed by three early childhood teacher educators who are concerned about the negative consequences of contemporary policy trends in the United States. The commentary critically examines the influence of quality improvement in early childhood as it relates to environmental rating systems and the use of teacher…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Early Childhood Education, Futures (of Society)
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Henward, Allison Sterling; Tauaa, Mene; Turituri, Ronald – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Child-centeredness is a pedagogical approach common in US early childhood education, one that advocates young children should direct their own learning and excercise individual choice in activitites. This approach is reflected in national US Head Start policy. Using multivocal, video-cued, and traditional ethnographic methods, this study presents…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Early Intervention
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Pupala, Branislav; Kascak, Ondrej; Tesar, Marek – Policy Futures in Education, 2016
Early years education in Europe and elsewhere around the world is currently in the spotlight due to political and economical changes and subsequent promises of effective investment into its provision. In this article we analyse everyday preschool practices in Slovakia in terms of tensions between policies, the teachers workforce and the concept of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professionalism, Professional Identity, Administrative Organization
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Cross, Beth – Policy Futures in Education, 2010
This article examines survey and focus group transcripts of a well-established early years literacy project in Scotland in light of contextual information about changing local authority policy in order to look at the gains in social capital identified by participants and the extent to which these indicate lasting durable change that will reap…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Toddlers, Family Literacy, Family Programs
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Baye, Ariane; Demeuse, Marc – Policy Futures in Education, 2008
This article analyses the Communication of the European Commission (EC) devoted to efficiency and equity of European education systems. It shows the Commission's difficulties in integrating the multiple dimensions of education equity and the confusion between pedagogical and economical notions of efficiency. The authors also analyse the means…
Descriptors: Compulsory Education, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Equal Education
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Persuric, Anita Silvana Ilak; Gautier, Patrick – Policy Futures in Education, 2005
The strategy of development in rural areas of Croatia includes several factors. Among them is education. The education system in Croatia has a number of institutional, infrastructural and regional characteristics that are a frame of research for this article. Rural areas confront additional factors such as population migrations, poor…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Education, Disadvantaged Environment, Access to Education