Search results for: Early childhood education
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Impact of a Statewide Early Childhood Curriculum Enhancement Initiative on Community College Faculty and Paraprofessional Students
In this article, the authors describe the development and implementation of a collaborative initiative between a major urban research university and a state’s community college system and member institutions to enhance the preparation of paraprofessionals to work with young children with disabilities and their families. The authors report on gains in knowledge and confidence experienced by both faculty and paraprofessional students, and we identify programmatic practices that support adoption, fidelity of implementation, and sustainability of curricular innovations.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2017
The author has used a performative drawing form to meet the new National Curriculum of Kindergarten Teacher Education, but mostly in order to disclose the importance of a creative process while drawing. The results show how students expanded their understanding of what a drawings session can be, and that this encourage them to new creative praxis in their kindergarten.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2017
The aim of this study was to add to the research base by examining the impact of fieldwork with infants on the development of three preservice early childhood teachers. The results of this study suggest that the unique setting of the infant room may have pushed the preservice teachers to develop new skills, make powerful theory–practice connections, and rethink some of their initial beliefs about teaching and learning in ways that their previous experiences in more traditional classrooms did not.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2017
This paper reports on a two-year self-study exploring the author's roles and evolving philosophy as an early childhood teacher educator teaching diversity in the US. The author was interested in better understanding how and what she can learn from the complexity of her teaching experiences. She examined, when teaching diversity, how she constructed and navigated her roles, how the students constructed and perceived her roles, and how they have transformed her instructional philosophy and practices. The findings illustrated a dynamic and tension-filled experience of a teacher educator teaching diversity in the US as a perceived outsider, suggesting that it was a reflexive learning opportunity.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2017
This article aims to explore the theoretical structure of what the authors call multicultural apprenticeships in teacher education. This structure is drawn from decades of scholarship and research in teacher education, in general, and in preparing teachers for diversity, in particular. It is further situated within the authors' own work in an Early Childhood Education Masters in Education program and their commitments to preparing teachers to support diverse populations of children.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2017
Still Missing? History Chapters in Introductory Early Childhood Education Textbooks From the 1990s to the 2010s
In this article, the authors compare history chapters in recent introductory early childhood education textbooks with those from an earlier study (Prochner, 1998). As in the original analysis, this examination focused on four aspects of the chapters: the rationale for the study of history, the dominant story of the history, the facts of the history, and the perspective on early childhood education history.
Updated: Nov. 27, 2016
The Practical Difficulties for Early Educators Who Tried to Address Children’s Realities in Their High-Stakes Teaching Context
This article examines the implementation of a professional development course for prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers that asked them to reconceptualize their understandings of their role in the classroom. Examining how their practical conceptions were affected by their participation in this course revealed an eagerness to pursue lines of study with children that addressed issues central to children’s lives.
Updated: Nov. 08, 2016
This study surveyed 128 early childhood programs in 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education across seven states. Results indicate that across 2- and 4-year institutions, language and literacy are a strong focus of feedback for student teachers, as well as child development, planning, and adult–child interactions. Student teachers are typically supervised through on-site visits that range in number and length fairly dramatically across 2- and 4-year institutions.
Updated: Nov. 08, 2016
The Influence of Student Teachers on the Perspectives of Early Childhood Cooperating Teachers Regarding Early Reading Instruction
The present study was designed to elicit answers to the following two questions: (1) What are the perspectives of early childhood cooperating teachers regarding early reading instruction in the Jordanian context? and (2) Does the perspectives of early childhood cooperating teachers engaging in early reading instruction change as a result of working with student teachers? The results revealed that the student teaching experience had no effect on the perspective of cooperating teachers regarding early reading instruction and the perspectives of cooperating teachers do not become similar to those of their student teachers who were WL-oriented.
Updated: Nov. 07, 2016
This paper presents a study of early childhood and elementary preservice teachers’ perspectives on the peer and faculty related factors that contribute to the success (and lack of success) of their partnerships. It concludes with effective strategies for teacher educators to consider in creating and supporting field-based peer partnerships.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016