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Gibson, Megan; McFadden, Amanda; Williams, Kate E.; Zollo, Lyn; Winter, Abigail; Lunn, Jo – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
Early childhood teachers have a myriad of possible employment options, with birth to eight years degree qualifications preparing graduates to work in a range of early childhood settings, including prior-to-school. At the same time, early childhood workforce policies in Australia, and elsewhere, are increasingly requiring degree-qualified teachers…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Preschool Education
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Warren, Jane; Harden-Thew, Kathryn – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
Smooth transitions through the early years of education are recognised as pivotal to later personal and academic success. However, for children considered outside the mainstream, these transitions can provide extra challenge for them, their families and educators. This paper reveals the findings of two qualitative studies investigating early…
Descriptors: Child Care Centers, Adjustment (to Environment), Bilingual Students, Parent Attitudes
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Hou, Yu-Ju; Hsieh, Ming-Fang – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
This study documented how the teacher conducted one-on-one portfolio sharing conferences with the parents to help them understand their children's emergent writing performances. Data included the selection and analysis of children's writing samples, parent-teacher conferences, and teacher interviews. The results indicated that parents'…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Writing Skills, Portfolios (Background Materials), Parent Attitudes
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Roberts, Pauline; Barblett, Lennie; Robinson, Ken – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
National Assessment Program for Numeracy and Literacy (NAPLAN) is the national assessment programme for literacy and numeracy in Australia administered to children in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 each year. The testing process was introduced in 2008 and is described by the developers as low stakes, however, research has highlighted that this is not the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, National Competency Tests, Literacy
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Hudson, Kim – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This article presents the key findings and discussion from a research project and subsequent report: "Involving young children in decision making: An exploration of practitioners' views". This research explored early childhood practitioners'--childcare workers, kindergarten, pre-primary and grade 1-2 teachers--views on decision making…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Young Children, Participative Decision Making, Decision Making
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Millar, Ngaire – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
This study investigated Korean children's cultural adjustment during transition to South Australian junior primary school settings. Using case-study methodology to provide a sociocultural perspective, data were collected during interviews with a sample of South Korean international students aged five to eight years, their mothers and teachers. All…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Acculturation, Foreign Countries, Asians
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Lynch, Andrea – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
Since 2002, Queensland state schools have been required to document a "whole school literacy plan" built around eight essential aspects. This document is to be reviewed annually and updated to reflect the current community profile and the school's literacy curriculum (Education Queensland, 2006). This research project investigated the different…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Student Mobility, Educational Policy
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Overton, Jenny – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
This article reports on findings from a qualitative research project (Overton, 2006) that highlighted a lack of empowerment experienced by, with and for eight early childhood teachers working in Tasmanian schools. The study investigated how change affects teachers, and focused on the theme of power as experienced by these teachers. The study noted…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Kindergarten, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Teachers
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Alter, Frances; Hays, Terrence; O'Hara, Rebecca – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
Quality arts education can produce positive learning outcomes, such as creating positive attitudes to learning, developing a greater sense of personal and cultural identity, and fostering more creative and imaginative ways of thinking in young children (Bamford, 2006; Eisner, 2002; Robinson, 2001). Arts-based processes allow children the…
Descriptors: Art Education, Curriculum Implementation, Barriers, Performance Factors