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Fitzpatrick, Caroline – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This study investigated how different profiles of kindergarten readiness in terms of student intellectual ability, academic skills and classroom engagement relate to future academic performance. Participants are French-Canadian children followed in the context of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (N = 670). Trained examiners…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Kindergarten, Cognitive Ability, Academic Ability
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Vong, Keang-ieng P.; Li, Min Y. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The "Miao" ethnic group is among the 56 minority groups in China. Their ideas of education for young children differ from that of the mainstream education system in China. This study examines the scenario of early childhood education for "Miao" children living in villages of Guizhou Province. It discusses the history and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Education, Kindergarten, Minority Group Students
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Grossen, Bonnie; Muthukrishna, Nithi; Naidoo, Jaqueline T. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a text-based (TB) English structured language development programme and a teacher-designed standards-based (SB) English instructional model. The sample of this study comprised of 500 Samoan children, in Kindergarten (K) and Grade 1 (G1), on the island of American Samoa attending eight…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Kindergarten
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Nislin, Mari A.; Paananen, Maiju; Repo, Laura; Sajaniemi, Nina; Sims, Margaret – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The aim is to investigate the links between job satisfaction of Finnish early childhood professionals (ECPs) and the appreciation they receive for their work, and how these are associated with their competence to work with children with diverse needs and backgrounds. Data was collected via nationwide online survey for practitioners (n = 885)…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Special Needs Students, Professional Identity, Inservice Teacher Education
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Wilmot, Dianne; Schäfer, Jean – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This article addresses the need for research in the areas of Grade R curriculum and pedagogy, Grade R teacher professional development, and early years mathematics teaching. More specifically, it responds to the need for teacher professional development in Grade R mathematics teaching of the geometric concepts of space and shape. The article…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Visual Arts, Mathematics Instruction
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van Rensburg, Ona Janse – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Grade R is the year before learners in South Africa start formal schooling and has been part of the General Education Training Band (GET) since 1998. New efforts are being made to enable all five- to six-year-olds to attend a Grade R class. The nine provinces of South Africa approach this problem in different ways. Some of them, like Gauteng, try…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Readiness, Kindergarten, Young Children
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Fitzpatrick, Caroline – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2012
Children's preparedness for school is an important predictor of their eventual academic attainment, health, and personal success well into adulthood. Although kindergarten knowledge of numbers and vocabulary represent robust indicators of children's readiness to learn at school entry, theory and research suggest that self-directed learning skills…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Learner Engagement, School Readiness