ERIC Number: ED463132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Learning Issues for Indigenous Children Aged 0 to 8 Years. Discussion Paper.
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, Carlton South (Australia).
An Australian national task force examined a number of areas related to achieving educational equality for Australia's Indigenous peoples. This paper looks at early childhood education and identifies issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Chapters cover: (1) the national policy context, Indigenous educational attainment, and demographic data; (2) provision and access to various types of early childhood education and day care, and the low levels of participation by Indigenous families; (3) developmental and learning needs of children aged 0-8, continuing tension between early childhood practices and the primary school curriculum, and school readiness issues for Indigenous children; (4) cultural differences in Indigenous children's experiences prior to schooling, and the need for culturally inclusive schooling that builds on children's cultural capital and encourages bicultural competence; (5) challenges in meeting national numeracy and literacy standards, especially for students who do not speak Standard Australian English as a first language or who come from an oral tradition; and (6) the poor level of interaction between schools and Indigenous communities, and recommendations for community development and capacity building initiatives. (Contains 30 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Academic Standards, Access to Education, Child Development, Culturally Relevant Education, Demography, Early Childhood Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Limited English Speaking, Parent Participation, School Community Relationship, School Readiness, Young Children
For full text: http://www.curriculum.edu.au/mctyapdf/effectivelearningissues08.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, Carlton South (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia