ERIC Number: EJ1124700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Equity and Educators Enacting "The Australian Early Years Learning Framework"
Grieshaber, Susan; Graham, Linda J.
Critical Studies in Education, v58 n1 p89-103 2017
The mandated learning framework, "Belonging, Being & Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia" is part of a suite of reforms currently being undertaken in early childhood education in Australia. All educators working in direct contact with young children from birth to the age of five are required to use the Framework or an approved alternative. The reforms are aimed at achieving higher quality and greater equity of early childhood education throughout Australia. This article contemplates the equity of the Framework when the workforce required to use it is diverse and ranges from those who are degree, associate or diploma qualified, to becoming qualified. It considers the implicit construct of the ideal professional practitioner in the policy and the social justice effects of the policy. The article concludes that political concerns about a certain group of educators have been reduced to matters of technical efficiency and that as a consequence, the values of social justice and equity for this group have been subsumed to align with dominant economic imperatives.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Equal Education, Teacher Characteristics, Educational Policy, Social Justice, Teacher Qualifications
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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