ERIC Number: ED360065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood in Australian Schools: Future Directions. A Discussion Paper Commissioned by the Schools Council. AECA Working Paper.
This document responds to issues raised in a Schools Council discussion paper analyzing the first years of schooling in Australia. The document is divided into nine chapters covering the following topics: (1) the national and historical context in which early childhood programs currently operate; (2) conditions that foster teachers' ability to work effectively with 5- to 8-year-old children in the schools, such as knowledge of children's characteristics, the use of developmentally appropriate practices, and appropriate staffing levels and class sizes; (3) school entry and transition issues; (4) parents and the community; (5) the accountability of school programs and school- based evaluation; (6) the role of schools in the context of social issues; (7) appropriate preparation for teachers working with 5- to 8-year-old children in schools; (8) methods of inducting teachers into the workplace, inservice training, and wider concerns of the child care industry; and (9) implications of the issues raised in this paper for education systems. A reference list of more than 130 items, a glossary of early childhood terms, and a brief description of early childhood systems in each Australian state are included. (MM)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Child Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Intervention, Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Primary Education, Professional Development, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Readiness, Standardized Tests, Teacher Education
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($15 Australian).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Board of Employment, Education, and Training, Canberra (Australia). Schools Council.
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Identifiers - Location: Australia