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Gapany, Dorothy; Murukun, Marilyn; Goveas, Jessica; Dhurrkay, Jonica; Burarrwanga, Verity; Page, Jane – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2022
Embracing and embedding the rich cultural knowledge, languages, concepts and skills that Aboriginal families and children bring to playgroup is key to empowering families as their children's first teachers and strengthening young children's self-esteem, pride, confidence and identities. In this article, we share our story of how we have explored…
Descriptors: Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Populations, Play, Early Childhood Education
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Bobongie, Fiona; Jackson, Cathy – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2022
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jarjums (children), the cultural and world views they bring from their home life can be very different to those in school, creating an additional layer of adjustments in the Early Years pathway. We describe an Early Years Transitions Framework that demonstrates how changing transition from a process to…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Culturally Relevant Education, Student Adjustment, Indigenous Populations
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Pestana, Ginette – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2022
Music is ever-present in early childhood but does not feature strongly in the national curriculum framework -- The Early Years Learning Framework in Australia or in the intentional practice of educators in early childhood education and care settings. This is mainly due to a lack of knowledge and confidence or self-efficacy to engage musically with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers
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Gide, Sene; Wong, Sandie; Press, Frances; Davis, Belinda – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2022
This paper reviews current literature and research relevant to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Early Childhood Education (ECE) workforce in Australia, including data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Australia is a highly multicultural society, with one out of every three people born overseas. Anecdotally, the…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Social Integration, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education
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Ruming, Naomi; McFarland, Laura – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2022
Educator reflective practice is fundamental to quality early childhood education with robust practice benefitting pedagogy and improving outcomes for children. Yet, examination of individual and collaborative reflective practice in experienced professional early childhood teams is scarce. This qualitative case study used an action research design…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Reflection, Cooperation, Preschool Teachers
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Mozolic-Staunton, Beth; Barbaro, Josephine; Yoxall, Jacqui; Donelly, Michelle – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2021
Autism is a developmental condition that can be detected in early childhood. Early intervention can improve outcomes, though many children are not identified until they reach primary school. Early childhood educators are well placed to monitor children's development and identify those who may benefit from additional supports, though implementation…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Early Childhood Education, Disability Identification
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Nitsche, Karen; Leitão, Suze; Parsons, Richard – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2021
This paper reports a preliminary evaluation of the [Talkable] 10-week language learning programme. This training programme aims to help caregivers provide a rich language learning environment in a child's first 3 years of life through the provision of evidence-based information and practical strategies to promote language development delivered…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Parent Education, Program Effectiveness, Linguistic Input
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Dankiw, Kylie A.; Baldock, Katherine L.; Kumar, Saravana; Tsiros, Margarita D. – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2021
Identifying and describing children's play behaviours is an important component of evaluating child development. The Behaviour Mapping Schedule is a direct observational tool which aims to describe and quantify children's play behaviours but is yet to undergo reliability testing. This study aimed to determine the intra- and inter-rater reliability…
Descriptors: Interrater Reliability, Classification, Child Behavior, Play
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Scull, Janet; Page, Jane; Cock, Megan L.; Nguyen, Cuc; Murray, Lisa; Eadie, Patricia; Sparling, Joseph – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2021
There is growing recognition that literacy learning takes place in the years prior to formal schooling and that young children develop literacy-like behaviours through exposure to interactions in shared contexts in which literacy is a component. Despite this, there are few assessments that measure the very early literacy skills that children…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Young Children, Emergent Literacy
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Ahtiainen, Raisa; Fonsén, Elina; Kiuru, Laura – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2021
Finnish early childhood education and care (ECEC) experienced system-wide changes in legislation, curriculum, and teachers' and centre leaders' qualification requirements between 2013 and 2018. Through these changes, the Finnish ECEC follows the global trends shifting the focus of ECEC from care towards education. The data are leaders' (N = 41)…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care Centers, Educational Change, Educational Legislation
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King, Tania L.; Scovelle, Anna J.; Meehl, Anneke; Milner, Allison J.; Priest, Naomi – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2021
This review aimed to synthesise studies examining the presence of gender stereotypes and biases expressed by young children aged 3-5 years, with a focus on informing early childhood settings. Our review located only 21 separate studies in 16 articles, highlighting a dearth of research in this area. There was substantial heterogeneity in the…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Gender Bias, Early Childhood Education, Literature Reviews
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Lindsay, Gai – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2021
Visual arts provisions are central to children's holistic, play-based learning, yet the visual arts self-efficacy beliefs and subject content knowledge of early childhood educators influence pedagogical choices. When early childhood educators lack the visual arts confidence, skills, and knowledge required to effectively support children's visual…
Descriptors: Visual Arts, Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Self Efficacy
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Clarke, Linda; McLaughlin, Tara; Aspden, Karyn; Riley, Tracy – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2021
Early childhood teachers' professional learning and development (PLD) is a significant factor in the provision of quality early childhood education (ECE), yet gaining a full picture of PLD in the New Zealand ECE context is problematic. Information about government-funded PLD programmes is available through evaluations, however, teachers access PLD…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Cumming, Tamara; Wong, Sandie; Logan, Helen – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2021
A child's right to high quality education not only relies on a competent and skilled workforce, but one in which educators are well. Supporting a well workforce requires governments, organisations and educators to attend to work environment quality. This attention needs be based on sound, relevant evidence. In this paper we contribute evidence of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Well Being, Work Environment, Work Attitudes
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Schriever, Vicki – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2021
This paper examines how early childhood teachers employed in kindergarten, understand and manage their changing roles regarding digital technologies. Nineteen participants were involved in the study. Symbolic interactionism provided the theoretical lens to investigate each early childhood teacher's lived experiences and grounded theory provided…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Role, Technology Uses in Education
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