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ERIC Number: ED433939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Pages: 22
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Youngest Learners First: One System's Experience in Planning a Curriculum Continuum for Learners from Birth to Eighteen Years.
Mulhearn, Gerry
This paper documents the background of a curriculum framework, the Foundation Areas of Learning, for children from birth to age 3 in South Australia. The paper examines some of the dilemmas in creating such a framework and some of the rewards as the system coped with the challenge of including its youngest learners in a clearly articulated curriculum framework for learners aged birth to 18 while striving to maintain the integrity of quality programs for this age group. Foundation Areas of Learning was designed to: (1) assist child care professionals in observing children and using the information in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs; (2) identify and articulate a range of developmental outcomes for children aged birth to 3 in center-based care; (3) define best practice and the competencies required by child care professionals to achieve the desired outcomes for young children; (4) encourage child care professionals to reflect on their beliefs and practices; (5) provide a framework for working in partnership with families and other caregivers and for providing them with detailed and specific feedback on each child's individual development; (6) provide caregivers with a tool for self-assessment; (7) support caregivers in the clear articulation of the importance of the first 3 years of life; and (8) promote the South Australia Department of Education Training and Employment's policies of social justice and reflect current understanding of cultural diversity, gender, access and equity, and the needs of Aboriginal children and children with additional needs. After discussing the context of early childhood education in South Australia and the development of Foundation Areas of Learning, including a trial implementation in 31 child care centers, the paper elaborates on the development of the South Australian Curriculum, Standards and Accountability framework for learners, aged birth to 18. Issues encountered in trying to design one framework which can provide continuity for the learner and which can allow for particular needs at identified points along the way are discussed. The complete Foundation Areas of Learning framework is included. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia