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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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Hesterman, Sandra; Targowska, Anna – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
This paper discusses the findings of a qualitative research project conducted in 2017 that explored practitioners' experiences and perceptions of the provision of play pedagogies in contemporary Western Australian early childhood education contexts. Interviews were conducted with four play-based learning teachers and an open-ended survey was…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Ayling, Natasha J.; Walsh, Kerryann; Williams, Kate E. – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect is a complex yet essential responsibility tasked to many professional groups working with children, including the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce. This paper provides a narrative review synthesising the empirical literature on factors influencing ECEC educators' reporting of child…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Disclosure, Child Abuse
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Boyd, Wendy – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
Waste created by modern lifestyles is of key concern to sustainable development globally. Early childhood centres engage in sustainable practices, and waste management is one of these practices. Past research has indicated that early childhood staff are challenged to implement sustainable practices. However, the National Quality Standard requires…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Sanitation, Foreign Countries, Program Effectiveness
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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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Sanagavarapu, Prathyusha – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
This study surveyed 115 Australian parents' knowledge, views, and feelings of food allergy management and guidelines in primary schools. Although most parents were knowledgeable about food allergy management and related guidelines, half of them had limited understanding on how schools identify and respond to anaphylaxis, or teachers' recent…
Descriptors: Food, Allergy, Guidelines, Parent Attitudes
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Madanipour, Parian; Cohrssen, Caroline – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
The incorporation of digital technologies is explicitly addressed in the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. The use of augmented reality (AR) technology, as one form of digital technology, is increasingly embedded in digital applications because it allows individuals to interact with real and virtual objects. A significant body of…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Technology Integration
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Fenech, Marianne; Harrison, Linda J.; Press, Fran; Sumsion, Jennifer – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
This paper reports on a study in which educators from four early childhood centres used metaphor to discuss their provision of high-quality early childhood education. Qualitative mining of focus group data confirmed 'quality' to be complex, multi-dimensional and value-laden. Findings contribute to understandings of quality in early childhood…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Figurative Language, Educational Quality, Facilitators (Individuals)
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McLean, Karen; Edwards, Susan; Mantilla, Ana – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
Community playgroups, which are one type of playgroup and early childhood service, operate on a weekly basis under the leadership of volunteer caregivers (including parents, kinship members, family-day carers and other adults in children's lives). Caregivers and children voluntarily attend and participate in community playgroups. Although…
Descriptors: Play, Group Activities, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Wiwatowski, Megan; Page, Jane; Young, Sarah – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
Research highlights that early childhood teachers (ECTs) hold varied opinions on the value of superhero play (SP) to young children's learning and development. This study sought to investigate how ECTs in Victoria are responding to superhero play, and to examine the beliefs that underpin their responses. Interviews were conducted with eight ECTs…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Play, Teacher Attitudes, Young Children
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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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Walker, Sue; Fleer, Marilyn; Veresov, Nikolai; Duhn, Iris – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2020
This paper presents the findings of a study conducted with preschool teachers trialling an intervention in which executive function activities are embedded in teachers' daily practices and imaginary play is used to build meaningful problem situations that children solve using executive functions. The participants were 227 preschool children (53%…
Descriptors: Executive Function, Imagination, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children
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Ey, Lesley-Anne; Walker, Sue; Spears, Barbara – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
Research into young children's understanding of bullying in the early years of schooling is limited. The current study examined young children's understanding, explanations and reasoning behind whether behaviours represented in cartoon scenarios depicted bullying or non-bullying incidents. Seventy-seven children aged 4-8 years from one…
Descriptors: Young Children, Childrens Attitudes, Bullying, Moral Development
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Brooker, Melinda; Cumming, Tamara – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
It could be suggested that persistent workforce problems in the early childhood (EC) field in Australia -- such as job satisfaction and turnover may be related to ineffective leadership practices, low pay and lack of professional acknowledgement. In this article we report on a small qualitative study completed in 2017, investigating 12 educators'…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Work Environment
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White, Antoinette D.; Fleer, Marilyn – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
Educational change is dependent on the practices and perceptions of educators. Yet efforts to sustain teacher's adoption and implementation of reform packages often deteriorate over time. Monitoring educators' engagement across the reform process, and making adaptions to reflect key findings, is central to successful implementation. This…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education
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