Academic journal article Journal of Research in Childhood Education

Views of Effective Early Childhood Educators regarding Systemic Constraints That Affect Their Teaching. (Research into Practice)

Academic journal article Journal of Research in Childhood Education

Views of Effective Early Childhood Educators regarding Systemic Constraints That Affect Their Teaching. (Research into Practice)

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Views of Effective Early Childhood Educators Regarding Systemic Constraints That Affect Their Teaching -- Adcock & Patton. (Research Into Practice)

Early childhood educators struggle with adhering to mandated guidelines and curriculum that are often not congruent with their personal philosophies of how young children learn best. This study examined how effective early childhood educators in an urban school district respond to the systemic constraints placed on them. Specifically, the study examined the views of teachers regarding curricular trends for young children, their teaching practices, and if and how systemic constraints affect their teaching. Participants included 10 teachers (pre-kindergarten to grade 1) who had been recognized by their district and peers as effective and excellent early childhood educators. Data were collected in focus groups, interviews, and classroom observations. Six open-ended questions were posed during the focus groups to encourage teachers to share their stories. The 75 pages of transcripts were analyzed, using thematic sorting and coding. …

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