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Veijalainen, Jouni; Reunamo, Jyrki; Sajaniemi, Nina; Suhonen, Eira – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: A large body of earlier research has focused on studying children's self-regulation (SR) skills and frustration with different methods. However, considerably less attention has been given to hearing children's own voice. The current study sought to demonstrate children's own comprehension and highlight it as a valuable and unique…
Descriptors: Coping, Early Childhood Education, Self Control, Preschool Children
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Jemutai, Sarah; Webb, Paul – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Literature reveals that guided play promotes the development of visuospatial abilities essential for learning to read, write and do mathematics. However, most of these findings have focused on older children who are already literate, and the tests and the instruments used were designed for children in Western contexts. Aim: As there is…
Descriptors: Visual Perception, Play, Cross Cultural Studies, Pretests Posttests
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van Niekerk, Retha – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: This article argues that the emergence of scientific reasoning in the preschool years could be augmented by caregivers and preschool teachers through nurturing 'Habits of Mind' (HOM) and 'Habits of Body' (HOB) of young children. This type of mind--material-- body integration is proposed from an epistemological position that comprises a…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Logical Thinking, Perceptual Motor Coordination, Foreign Countries
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Visser, Margaretha M.; Juan, Andrea L.; Hannan, Sylvia M. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The acquired skill set prior to school entry has emerged as an important issue in research and policy internationally. Much evidence exists advocating the importance of early numeracy and literacy skills in later academic achievement and economic outcomes of students. Aim: The goal of this study was to determine the association between…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation
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Adams-Ojugbele, Rasheedah O.; Moletsane, Relebohile – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: As populations of refugee children increase globally, strategies for providing quality and relevant educational experiences for this group of children has become a priority. This is because research suggests that refugee children tend to experience higher school dropout rates due to, among other factors, poverty, lack of shelter and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Refugees, Child Care Centers, Foreign Countries
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Azzi-Lessing, Lenette; Schmidt, Kim – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: This article examines the development of early childhood development (ECD) home-visiting services in South Africa. Aim: To examine the factors that could support the success of home-visiting programmes as well as to explore the experiences of bachelor's-level home visitors rendering such services. Setting: This study was conducted in…
Descriptors: Home Visits, Child Development, Program Effectiveness, Poverty
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Omidire, Margaret F.; Ayob, Sameera; Mampane, Ruth M.; Sefotho, Maximus M. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: Physical activity is an important component of everyday life. Strong foundational skills of gross motor coordination are typically developed informally in young learners, providing a strong foundational base for movement skills. Research stipulates that there has been a decline in physical activity amongst preschool learners.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Language Skills, Movement Education, Physical Activities
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Thuketana, Nkhensani S.; Westhof, Liesel – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: The Foundation Phase in education provides the primary building blocks for children's foundation and development. From personal experiences as educators, we observed that young learners who work together in small groups during art activities gain selfconfidence faster than indecisive learners who work alone. Indecisive learners become…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children
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Neha, Mitasha; Rule, Peter N. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
This article argues that imaginative play can fulfil a valuable role in the development of reading among pre-school children. It uses Feuerstein's Mediated Learning Experience as a theoretical lens and defines the concepts related to imaginative play, focussing particularly on symbolic and dramatic play. Drawing on an ethnographic case study of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction
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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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Fitzpatrick, Caroline; Oghia, Michael J.; Melki, Jad; Pagani, Linda S. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
We review the state of evidence supporting a link between violent media exposure in preschoolaged children and subsequent well-being outcomes. We searched through four decades (1971-2011) of literature for enlightening details on the relationship between early exposure to media violence and health outcomes in later childhood and adolescence.…
Descriptors: Violence, Mass Media Effects, Preschool Children, Aggression
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Martin, Colwyn D.; Ebrahim, Hasina B. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This article examines two teachers' discourses of literacy as social practice in advantaged and disadvantaged early childhood centres for three- to four-year-olds. The intention is to make sense of the dominant discourse of literacy, its constitutive nature and its effects on children, teaching and learning. Foucault's theory of discourse is used…
Descriptors: Literacy, Disadvantaged Environment, Child Care Centers, Preschool Children
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Bose, Kabita; Seetso, Grace – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This article presents a study regarding preschool teachers' skills and competencies in teaching science and mathematics. The aim of the project was twofold; one to find out the preschool teachers' knowledge about mathematics and science concepts and then to develop support material to empower them with skills and competencies to teach these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Science Instruction
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Nieminen, Suvi H.; Sajaniemi, Nina – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study is a literature review, drawing mainly on the nine significant and good quality studies (i.e. published in peer-reviewed journals) that make up the evidence base for mindful awareness practices in early childhood. Mindful awareness practices in this context means an individual's awareness of her own body and her inner emotions or…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Metacognition, Attention, Self Control
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Nyamukapa, Hilton – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Cash transfer based social protection can potentially contribute positively upon targeted beneficiaries on a variety of developmental aspects. This study explored the pilot and scaled-up phases of the Harmonised Social Cash Transfer program to determine impacts towards improving under-eight children's access to food, education, and health…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Foreign Countries, Access to Education
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