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Liang, Xinyun; Cohrssen, Caroline – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
With Australia's overwhelming 'Yes' vote on marriage equality in November 2017, the need for early childhood educators to ensure that understandings of 'family' reflected in early childhood education and care settings include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) parents and their children, is further reinforced. Here, a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Environment, Inclusion, LGBTQ People
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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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Mahony, Linda; Disney, Leigh; Griffiths, Sara; Hazard, Helen; Nutton, Georgie – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
This study explored the lived experiences of 20 Australian early childhood preservice teachers while on practical experience placement and examined the factors that informed their pedagogical experiences when working across both prior-to-school and school settings. Transcripts from interviews were analysed using grounded theory-informed…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Teaching Experience, Student Attitudes
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Boyd, Wendy; Newman, Linda – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
There is well-established evidence that the quality of early childhood education workforce impacts upon children's learning. Attracting qualified teacher graduates to work in early childhood centres is an essential component towards the provision of quality care. Significant investment by the Australian Government has been made to prepare early…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Educational Quality, Work Environment, Teacher Education Programs
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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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McFarland-Piazza, Laura; Lord, Alison; Smith, Melissa; Downey, Belinda – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
The purpose of this study was to explore how connections between families, communities and educators can be facilitated in teacher education courses through the use of playgroups. Barriers to building relationships, as well as the perceived benefits of these relationships to families and pre-service teachers, were also explored. Participants were…
Descriptors: Play, Groups, Preservice Teacher Education, Family School Relationship