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Master's Thesis

Montessori'de erken çocukluk dönemi din eğitimi / Religious education in early childhood at Montessori

Available from: Ulusal Tez Merkezi / National Thesis Center (Turkey)

Asia, Middle East, Montessori method of education, Religious education, Turkey, Western Asia

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Abstract/Notes: The aim of this research is to examine the understanding of Montessori religious education for the child in early childhood. The Montessori education method has been used effectively in educational sciences studies and has been the subject of both theory and applied research. Our study is to theoretically deal with Montessori's early childhood religious education method directly from her own works and the works of some of her commentators. In the study, efforts were made to reach primary sources and then related books, articles and notifications were examined. Montessori's understanding of early childhood religious education has been examined through content analysis. As a result, it has been seen that the understanding of early childhood religious education in Montessori is a part of the Montessori education method, it is used in contemporary education systems and is the subject of various religious education approaches. / Bu araştırmanın amacı Montessori'nin erken çocukluk dönemi din eğitimi anlayışını incelemektir. Montessori eğitim metodu eğitim bilimleri çalışmalarında etkili bir şekilde kullanılmış, hem teori hem de uygulamalı araştırmalara konu olmuştur. Çalışmamız Montessori'nin erken çocukluk dönemi din eğitimi metodunu doğrudan kendi eserlerinden ve bazı yorumcularının eserlerinden hareketle teorik olarak ele almaktır. Çalışmada birincil kaynaklara ulaşılmaya gayret edilmiş daha sonra ilgili kitap, makale ve bildiriler incelenmiştir. Montessori'nin erken çocukluk dönemi din eğitimi anlayışı içerik analizine tabi tutularak incelenmiştir. Sonuç olarak Montessori'de erken çocukluk dönemi din eğitimi anlayışının Montessori eğitimi metodunun bir parçası olduğu, çağdaş eğitim sistemlerinde kullanıldığı ve çeşitli din eğitimi yaklaşımlarına konu olduğu görülmüştür.

Language: Turkish

Published: Malatya, Turkey, 2021

Book

The Influence of Theorists and Pioneers on Early Childhood Education

Available from: Taylor and Francis Online

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Abstract/Notes: The chapters in this book reflect on the major shifts in the views of early childhood thinkers and educators, who have contributed to contemporary theoretical frameworks pertaining to early childhood learning. The book also revisits and critically analyses the influence of developmental theories on early childhood education, starting in the 1890s with the work of G. Stanley Hall that established the close association of early childhood education and child development. Several chapters comprise critical examinations of the fundamental influence of thinkers such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Kohlberg, Adler, Pestalozzi, Froebel, and so on, on early childhood learning. The book also contends that these theoretical conceptions of child development have heavily influenced modern views of early childhood education. This book is a significant new contribution to early childhood learning, and will be a great resource for academics, researchers, and advanced students of Education, Public Policy, History of Education, Psychology, and Sociology. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Early Child Development and Care

Language: English

Published: New York, New York: Routledge, 2022

Edition: 1st ed.

ISBN: 978-0-367-63674-6 978-0-367-63675-3 978-1-00-312021-6

Master's Thesis

A Walk in the Woods: Nature and the Practice of Mindfulness in Early Childhood Education

Available from: MINDS@UW River Falls

Environment, Mindfulness, Montessori method of education, Nature education

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Abstract/Notes: Alongside the growing body of research on nature in education, there is a predilection for the implementation of mindfulness-based strategies in the classroom. The research on mindfulness, however, is notably limited when it comes to mindfulness practices in early childhood education. Moreover, school implementation focuses on the addition of mindfulness-based curriculum, rather than the thoughtful construction of an environment that can best encourage and develop the practice of mindfulness. This action research took place at a public Montessori charter school in a midwestern town. The school's Children's House, consisting of 40 students, 4-6 years of age, hikes and explores the surrounding woods twice a week. In an effort to examine the relationship between time spent in nature, at school, and the possible impacts on children's wellbeing and the classroom environment, this study used both qualitative and quantitative tools. After charting classroom engagement ("focus"); gathering anecdotal evidence; interviewing children and staff; and conducting parent surveys, the collected data indicates that time spent in nature is both beneficial (especially to children who struggle in a conventional school setting) and desired by the school community. This study contends that providing access to nature, instead of a structured implementation of a mindfulness curriculum, might be an important component to consider when designing or espousing educational practices that cultivate mindfulness within early childhood classrooms.

Language: English

Published: River Falls, Wisconsin, 2019

Doctoral Dissertation (Ph.D.)

Emotional Wellness in NM Early Childhood Educators: A Critical Constructivist Examination of Neoliberalism in Education Policy and the Influence of Neoliberal Policy on Educator Wellness

Available from: ProQuest - Dissertations and Theses

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Abstract/Notes: This dissertation examines neoliberalist policy in public school education in order to understand the influence of this neoliberalist policy on educator wellness in New Mexico early educators. Establishing the neoliberal influence in public education, the presidencies of Eisenhower, Johnson, Carter, G.H.W. Bush, G.W. Bush, and Obama, as related to education policy and influences, presents the idea of education for profit through high stakes testing and scripted curriculums (Ali, 2019; Burke, et al., 2020; Howell et al., 2017; Leistyna, 2010; Mazzoni, 1977; Vaughn et al.; Wooley et al., 1999; Yardley, 2000). This dissertation establishes connections between neoliberal federal policy and widespread unrest among American educators (Adams et al., 2018; Macrine et al., 2010; Nieto, 2013). National exit attrition rates as well as rates of enrollment in teacher preparatory programs examined herein connect to widespread professional dissatisfaction among public educators (Boe et al., 2008; Engledowl, et al., 2020; Nieto, 2013). Subjective Well Being (SWB) of New Mexico early educators as influenced by neoliberalist public education policy is qualitatively examined via this interpretive phenomenological analysis. Methods included interviews, surveys, and questionnaires conducted with eight New Mexico educators. Utilization of hermeneutic member checking promotes trustworthiness and credibility (Noon, 2018). Through coding, findings reveal that NM early educators’ SWB may be negatively influenced by neoliberalist policy in public education. Themes related to connections between neoliberal public education policies and SWB include: demoralization caused by leaders; control of creativity; confines of curriculum; an illusion of freedom; limitations of high stakes testing and curriculum; experiences centered on abuse, trauma, and PTSD; and exhaustion, lack of humanity in public education policy, as well as educators’ invisibility. Implications exist for the arenas of education policy, high stakes testing, curriculum, ethics in education, and educator activism.

Language: English

Published: Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2022

Master's Thesis

Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) Practices and Quality of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Delhi

Available from: National Institue of Educational Planning and Administration (India)

Asia, Early childhood care and education, Early childhood education, India, South Asia

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Language: English

Published: New Delhi, India, 2022

Master's Thesis

Montessori Early Childhood Teachers’ Preparedness to Teach Mathematics

Available from: MINDS@UW River Falls

Mathematics education, Montessori method of education - Study and teaching, Montessori method of education - Teacher training, Teacher training, Teacher training, Teachers

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this action research project was to learn about early childhood Montessori teachers’ feelings and beliefs about mathematics and teaching math, and their awareness of current research regarding the importance of mathematics. Early childhood Montessori teachers were surveyed with questions and opportunities to comment. Instructors who teach Montessori mathematics to future teachers were interviewed, including questions about attitudes towards math they have seen in their adult students and opinions about the need for professional development in math. Adult students enrolled in a Montessori early childhood mathematics class were surveyed at the beginning of the course and again at the end of the course. The results showed that survey participants had both positive and negative experiences in mathematics in their own K-12/college education, with teachers/school as the greatest influencers. Many survey participants indicated that these experiences had long-term effects on their feelings towards math. Montessori instructors have seen hesitancy towards math among their adult students. Many of their students, as well as several survey participants, expressed that the Montessori approach to mathematics helped them, as adults, gain a better understanding of mathematical concepts and increased their confidence. While survey participants agreed that their Montessori teacher education program prepared them to effectively teach math, there is room for further study on the awareness of current research regarding the importance of mathematics in early childhood, increased specificity in Montessori math standards, opportunities for providing mathematical experiences for children throughout the classroom and continued professional development and self-reflection on one’s teaching practice.

Language: English

Published: River Falls, Wisconsin, 2022

Master's Thesis

The Influence of Parental Perception on Early Childhood Education Choices in Pakistan

Available from: Gothenburg University Library - GUPEA

Asia, Early childhood care and education, Early childhood education, Pakistan, Parent attitudes, Perceptions, South Asia

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this study was to analyse how parents’ decision making process of early childhood education choices in Pakistan is influenced by parental perceptions. The theoretical framework used for this study is Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory. A qualitative design survey together with one to one interview of 8 parents of children aged 3-5 years enrolled in private and public ECE programs was used to answer four research questions on parents’ decision making for ECE selection. The study revealed that Pakistani parents relied on personal priorities such as socio-economic as well as educational backgrounds, traditional views and expectations which influenced their decision-making process. Even though parents considered information from multiple sources they haphazardly ordered quality indicators without regard for the influence of any quality compromising indicator on their child’s development.

Language: English

Published: Gothenburg, Sweden, 2022

Article

UNESCO Launches Strong Foundations: Early Childhood Care and Education

Publication: AMI Bulletin, no. 3

Pages: 10–11

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Language: English

Article

The Child's Mind–The Child's Brain: Implications for Early Childhood Educators

Publication: AMI/USA News, vol. 15, no. 2

Pages: 1, 11–12

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Language: English

Master's Thesis

The Implementation of an Early Childhood Montessori Peace Curriculum to Mitigate Traumatic Events

Available from: MINDS@UW River Falls

Early childhood care and education, Montessori method of education, Peace education, Psychic trauma in children

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Abstract/Notes: This purpose of this action research project was created to study the effects of a peace curriculum and how it can help mitigate a pandemic or a traumatic societal event. The study took place in a public Montessori School located in the Midwest. There was a total of 15 children in the classroom that consisted of both pre-k and kindergarten aged children. This was a six- week study that included a peace curriculum, strategies, and tools for children to gain an understanding of peace and how it can be achieved during traumatic or stressful situations. The Peace Curriculum included discussions on natural disasters and our current COVID-19 virus as means to familiarize traumatic events and the use of coping strategies in promoting self-care. The children were provided with different group activities, strategies, and techniques to use, such as breathing techniques, visualization, yoga/movement, and discussions on peacemakers and how we all have the power to make a difference in the world and become global citizens. Quantitative and qualitative data collections were used to both determine their understanding of their emotions and develop ways to find their inner peace, peacemaking and peace keeping skills. The results showed that the children developed an awareness of others, their environment, and their abilities to be change agents and peacemakers. The outcome proved to have been effective providing children with an environment where they feel safe to share their thoughts and apply the strategies when coping with their own traumatic experiences.

Language: English

Published: River Falls, Wisconsin, 2021

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