Search results for: Preschool teachers
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Preparing the next generation of preschool teachers who can integrate and make use of ICT to capitalise on and develop young children’s digital competences remains a challenging goal for teacher education programmes (TEP). Given the current gaps in the literature, this study aims to expand and deepen our understanding of the extent to which early childhood pre-service teachers encounter ICT during their training and how they are prepared to use digital technologies in their future practices. The empirical data was generated through a focus group study with pre-service teachers and interview with their teacher educators at an institution of higher education in Sweden. The findings of the study suggest that pre-service teachers feel they have not been adequately prepared to integrate ICT into their future educational practices in preschool. Teacher educators, however, demonstrated a completely different perspective, highlighting a variety of initiatives that they were implementing to prepare the next generation of preschool teachers to use digital technologies. It will discuss why pre-service teachers, unlike teacher educators, feel they are not being adequately prepared to use digital technologies in early childhood education. The study also provides a detailed account of the varied procedures involved in preparing pre-service teachers’ digital competences and makes recommendations to teacher educators on how to enhance future preschool teachers’ Technologica-lPedagogical-Content-Knowledge (TPACK).
Updated: Oct. 12, 2021
A Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) approach to pre-service teacher professional experiences in Australia: organisational friendships
This study explored how students (pre-service teachers) benefit from the support of having a peer with them during their first professional experience in preschool contexts, utilising a PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) approach. International students at a large Australian University were interviewed as part of this qualitative study. The authors found that peer engagement facilitated the development of friendships and social support among participants. This study extends conceptions of organisational friendships beyond managerial imperatives and peer relationships are highlighted as supportive, not competitive, engagements. The PAL approach highlights the benefit of collaborative professional learning.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2019
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 study aims to examine preschool teachers' beliefs about linguistic diversity using a Q methodology. The findings reveal that the teachers were highly supportive of linguistic diversity and multilingual practices. The findings indicate that the participants saw opportunity rather than difficulty: they believed that interacting with diverse classmates gives young children the chance to develop tolerance, cooperation, and multicultural awareness.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2018
This study examines preschool teachers’ knowledge of their young students’ number conceptions and the teachers’ related self-efficacy beliefs. The authors found that promoting preschool teachers’ knowledge of appropriate mathematical tasks is interrelated with promoting their knowledge of students. The findings reveal that that teachers’ estimates of their students’ abilities increased as a result of participating in the program. The authors also saw that teachers’ improved the accuracy of their estimations related to students’ abilities to perform number-related tasks.
Updated: Apr. 22, 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
Using a qualitative approach, the authors documented experiences of teacher educators who were content experts and were asked to teach a tech-infused course. The authors found evidence that small changes in their practice were creating larger consequences within their college; it appears the author's professional development model is creating a positive cultural shift.
Updated: Aug. 09, 2017
Pinpointing Chinese Early Childhood Teachers' Professional Development Needs Through Self-Evaluation and External Observation of Classroom Quality
The present study compared Chinese kindergarten teachers' values and perceptions of program quality with trained raters' assessments of quality in order to gain insights into effective professional development for improving teacher quality. Results shows teachers' beliefs of quality is the strongest predictor of their self-assessment. Implications of the findings for professional development are provided, along with limitations of the current study and recommendations for future studies.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016
Exploring Early Childhood Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices About Preschool Outdoor Play: A Qualitative Study
This case study examined how early childhood teachers’ beliefs and practices influence the function of preschool outdoor play. Teachers’ perceptions about outdoor play included the theme of outdoor play opportunities afforded children on the playground. Additional teachers’ perceptions included barriers to outdoor play and teacher preparation and planning for the outdoor environment.The early childhood teachers at the center believed that supervision is paramount during children’s outdoor play. The teachers viewed their primary responsibility outdoors as keeping the children safe and providing guidance, yet allowing children to play without teacher intrusion. Furthermore, teachers perceived that outdoor play opportunities were limited due to the physical space and the fixed equipment outdoors.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2016
Preschool Teacher Competence Viewed from the Perspective of Students in Early Childhood Teacher Education
The purpose of this article was to explore dimensions of Swedish preschool teachers’ competence from a student perspective . The findings revealed that students’ definitions of preschool teacher competence were composed of six different dimensions: a general pedagogical competence, specific content competence, distinct teacher competence, play competence, competence of child perspective, and collaborative and social competence. This study contributes to the ambition of seeking out a ‘red thread’ of common understanding of what constitutes early years’ teacher competence.
Updated: Mar. 16, 2016