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Thornton, Kate; Cherrington, Sue – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
Professional learning communities in the early childhood education sector have been under-researched. The focus on collaborative learning, collective enquiry and shared leadership of such communities makes them worthy of study in order to establish their relevance to the sector. One of the foci of this research involving case studies of different…
Descriptors: Leadership, Communities of Practice, Early Childhood Education, Cooperative Learning
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Jenkin, Chris – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
An important essence becoming bicultural and bilingual is for additional languages to be learnt early on. This article is based on an infant and toddler case study within my doctoral research to discover how practitioners with this age group incorporate the bicultural curriculum into their teaching. The methodology was action development which is…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, Biculturalism, Bilingualism, Case Studies
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Davis, Elise; Corr, Lara; Ummer-Christian, Rahila; Gilson, Kim-Michelle; Waters, Elizabeth; Mihalopoulos, Cathrine; Marshall, Bernie; Cook, Kay; Herman, Helen; Mackinnon, Andrew; Harrsion, Linda; Sims, Margaret – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
This paper presents baseline data from Thrive, a capacity-building program for family day care educators. Educators completed a self-report survey assessing knowledge and confidence in promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing. An in-home observation was used to assess care quality. Twenty-four educators responded to the survey (40 per…
Descriptors: Child Care, Caregiver Attitudes, Well Being, Emotional Problems
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Hill, Allen; Emery, Sherridan; Nailon, Di; Dyment, Janet; Getenet, Seyum; McCrea, Nadine; Davis, Julie M. – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
The development of Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (ECEfS) practices with young children from birth to eight years is an emerging area in academic and professional literature. ECEfS practices reflect growing awareness of the imperative for twenty-first century societies to respond to the pressures of unsustainable patterns of living.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Children, Sustainability
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Irvine, Susan; Price, Julie – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
In 2012, Australia introduced a new "National Quality Framework" (NQF), comprising enhanced quality expectations for early childhood education and care services, two national learning frameworks and a new assessment and rating system spanning childcare centres, kindergartens and preschools, family day care and outside school hours care.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Cartmel, Jennifer; Grieshaber, Susan – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
School Age Care (SAC) services have existed in Australia for over 100 years but they have tended to take a back seat when compared with provision for school-aged children and those under school age using early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. Many SAC services are housed in shared premises and many children attending preparatory or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Care, Educational Change, Standards
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Ikegami, Kiiko; Agbenyega, Joseph Seyram – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
The quality of early childhood education has dominated current debates in the ways educators develop and implement learning programs for children yet conceptions of quality vary contextually and culturally. This qualitative case study explored the insider perspectives of six early childhood educators in Sapporo, Japan regarding their conceptions…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Psychological Patterns
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Sumsion, Jennifer; Grieshaber, Sue; McArdle, Felicity; Shield, Paul – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
This article provides an overview of the Education Meets Play study that will investigate early childhood educators' use of play-based learning, now mandatory under the "National Quality Standard". By building on what can be gleaned about educators' approaches to play-based learning prior to the implementation of the "Early Years…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries, Play, Classroom Techniques
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Lam, Mei Seung – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
The transition from home to early childhood education can be stressful for both children and parents. How parents cope with this potentially stressful event affects both the children's adaptation and the parents' lives during the preschooler stage of the family lifecycle. This paper examines how parents respond to their children's adjustment…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parents, Coping, Early Childhood Education
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Davidson, Christina; Given, Lisa M.; Danby, Susan; Thorpe, Karen – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
Much of what is written about digital technologies in preschool contexts focuses on young children's acquisition of skills rather than their meaning-making during use of technologies. In this paper, we consider how the viewing of a YouTube video was used by a teacher and children to produce shared understandings about it. Conversation analysis of…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Preschool Education
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Löfdahl, Annica – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
The article is framed by a project designed to study the teacher profession in a current Swedish preschool through work on systematic documentation of quality. Questions deal with how teachers handle the demands on visibility, how they perform and what aspects of the teaching profession will be exposed and what parts will be silenced. This article…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Preschool Children, Observation, Educational Policy
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Carter, Margaret Anne; Frewen, Amie; Chunn, Jennifer – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
This study reports the importance 244 parents of six-year-old children living in Singapore placed on cognitive (problem-solving and creativity) and non-cognitive (practical school skills and conforming) behaviours. Our research team hypothesised that, as the age of the parent increased, the importance placed on each covariant skill (problem…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parents, Parent Attitudes, Young Children
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Hawkins, Karen – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
There is little doubt that throughout the preschool years children are not only becoming more aware of themselves and their surroundings but they are also developing their moral frameworks by absorbing the attitudes and values of their family, culture and society. Undeniably the preschool years are crucial in shaping cultural and racial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Justice, Early Childhood Education, Childhood Attitudes
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Henderson, Linda – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
Recent policy shifts have re-positioned early childhood within educational processes aimed at fostering coherence for children across the different phrases of education. In turn, this has placed a necessary demand on the early childhood-school relationship, drawing attention to existing tensions within the relationships. This paper explores…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Student School Relationship, Participatory Research
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Duncan, Judith; One, Sarah Te – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
Over a two-year teacher-researcher project in New Zealand we used a mosaic of research methods (Clark, 2010) to capture the perspectives of staff, parents and children. As a team of teachers and academic researchers, we recorded and documented reconceptualised pedagogical practices that included active adult participation in a cluster of early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Child Care Centers, Child Care
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