Search results for: Early childhood education
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The authors designed a lab-based pilot and classroom-based feasibility study to examine an effective way to introduce mindfulness meditation. The authors conclude that the findings of these two studies of the guided mindfulness meditation — one a pilot and the other comparative trial — suggest that mindfulness meditation is feasible to introduce to early childhood education students with some modifications.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2018
This article examines the potential of 3D printing. The authors used a creativity course for preservice teachers to explore the printing's potential. The attitudes and dispositions of the participants throughout the workshop showed that it was a valuable learning experience for them. The authors conclude that three-dimensional printing, as an example of technology for young children, has the potential to fill a unique niche in educational settings.
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018
Playing at School: An Inquiry Approach to Using an Experiential Play Lab in an Early Childhood Teacher Education Course
This study aimed to document and analyze what happens when an experiential play lab is implemented in an early childhood teacher education program. The findings reveal that students made many more references to play in their defense of developmentally appropriate practices following the play lab, and the reasons they gave for the importance of play in early childhood classrooms became more diverse. The students’ responses also expanded to include the power of play to promote engagement.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2018
The Quality of Classroom Experiences in Chinese Kindergarten Classrooms across Settings and Learning Activities: Implications for Teacher Preparation
This study examined how Chinese teachers perform on Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) measures. The study also examined Chinese teachers' quality of interactions across settings and activities for future professional development considerations. Finally, the authors were interested in finding out any teacher-related variables that might contribute to teachers' better instructional supports in the classrooms. The results showed that Chinese teachers were successful in building a warm and supportive relationship with children and managing behavioral aspect of classroom. It was found that all teachers were more effective at promoting children's development in structured activities than unstructured activities. The authors also found that Chinese teachers scored lower on instruction support quality compared to international colleagues.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2018
This study explores the projected classroom management strategies of Turkish pre-service early childhood education (ECE) teachers before they entered the teaching profession. The results revealed that all of the participants had a fear of being unable to manage their classes before starting their careers because they felt unprepared. However, all the participants related rather positive classroom management experiences once they had their own classrooms.
Updated: Jul. 01, 2018
In this study, the author examined the professional knowledge that teachers use in order to assess and respond meaningfully to children’s interests. The findings revealed that personal and idiosyncratic nature of teachers’ knowledge gained in family, center and community contexts. The author argues that the personal, informal knowledge became infused with professional knowledge that influenced teacher curriculum decision-making and pedagogical practices. This informal knowledge can be described as an analytical framework of funds of knowledge. The teachers use the funds of knowledge in their interactions with children in complex and connected ways.
Updated: May. 23, 2018
Developing Identities in the Workplace: Students’ Experiences of Distance Early Childhood Teacher Education
This paper describes a study that examines students’ experiences of distance teacher education as a process of changing participation in the workplace. The findings reveal that the students’ work responsibilities gave them experience of a range of teaching activities. The findings reveal that the students described the experience of contributing with increasing confidence within their teams as their professional knowledge and experience developed. The authors argue that even with limited face-to-face opportunities within the distance programme, the students were actively engaged in relating theory and practice.
Updated: May. 16, 2018
Losing the Whole Child? A National Survey of Primary Education Training Provision for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
This study explores trainers’ approaches to organisation and delivery; levels of confidence in delivery; and wider views on the place of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) in primary schools and in initial teacher training (ITT). The authors conclude that this survey has provided new evidence about the practices and challenges facing those who are training primary teachers in universities and in School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). The authors argue that the promotion of strands relating to children’s personal, social and emotional well-being is essential if children are to fully flourish as human beings.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
This study aimed to examine the process through which three student caregivers learned to develop relationships with a key infant in the context of an infant practicum course. The results revealed that the power and value of relationships were an essential context for learning about infant development, infant care and education, and preparation of infant professionals. As they developed reciprocal responsiveness with their key infants, the students shared that they experienced emotional rewards and intimate connections, and gained confidence in understanding and caring for infants. The results also highlight the importance of parent–caregiver relationships. The authors found that the caregivers benefitted from having opportunities to get to know their key infants’ families.
Updated: Feb. 07, 2018
Working with Practicing Teachers in a High-Stakes Teaching Context to Rethink their Pedagogical Practices with Children of Diverse Backgrounds
This article examined a professional development course within a large urban school district for preKindergarten and Kindergarten teachers. In the course, the teachers were asked to reconceptualize their pedagogical practices with their students and engage in learning activities in their classrooms that attended to the children’s sociocultural worlds.
Updated: Aug. 13, 2017