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Wallis, Jake; Dockett, Sue – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
The importance of a positive start to school has been highlighted in a range of national and international research. This has stimulated considerable ongoing research attention, as well as initiatives across policy and practice, all with the aim of promoting a positive transition to school for all children. Despite the common interests across…
Descriptors: Network Analysis, Educational Policy, School Readiness, Position Papers
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Burns, Kellie – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
In this response to Damien Riggs' analysis of sex education websites, the author draws on Foucault's understanding of knowledge, power and governmentality to understand how some forms of knowledge about sex and sexuality become normalised "official knowledge" that frame institutional policies and practices and shape everyday discourses. Foucault…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Sex Education, Educational Practices, Children
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Payne, Robert – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
This article is written in response to the work of Damien Riggs, providing a critical reading of his analysis of the inherent homophobia and gender normativity present in a selection of sexuality education websites targeted at children. Taking up the productive possibilities of both silences and narrative disruptions, the author examines a moment…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Homosexuality, Paleontology, Internet
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Riggs, Damien W. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
Whilst sex education in Australia has moved beyond a focus solely on abstinence, it is still in many instances shaped by what Silin refers to as the "silences" that accompany topics considered unspeakable to young people. The present article focuses specifically on one such silence, namely the representation of non-heterosexual…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Homosexuality, Foreign Countries, Internet
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Lynch, Meghan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
Social media sites, such as message boards and blogs, provide innovative data sources for researchers as these sites feature people sharing advice and discussing issues in a public arena. Research has found the online context can encourage people to reveal more information than do such traditional methods as interviews or focus groups. However,…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Methods, Internet