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Luo, Renfu; Zhang, Linxiu; Liu, Chengfang; Zhao, Qiran; Shi, Yaojiang; Rozelle, Scott; Sharbono, Brian – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
The main goal of this paper is to analyse factors (accessibility, attendance rates and quality of preschools) that may be affecting the educational readiness of China's rural children before they enter the formal school system. Using data from a survey of 82 preschools and 492 households in six counties in three provinces of China, this paper…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Counties
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Mevawalla, Zinnia; Hadley, Fay – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This article investigates early childhood educators' perceptions of advocacy in raising the professional status with multiple stakeholders in diverse contexts. The article reports on findings from a phenomenological study investigating the perceptions of 12 educators working full time in long-day-care settings across Sydney, New South Wales (NSW),…
Descriptors: Professional Recognition, Children, Foreign Countries, Phenomenology
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Wong, Sandie; Sumsion, Jennifer; Press, Frances – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
A growing body of literature argues that integrated services, where a range of professionals including early childhood professionals work together in teams, offer a potentially highly effective strategy for providing families with access to a range of services in a seamless "joined-up" way. Some have cautioned, however, that early…
Descriptors: Integrated Services, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries
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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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Grace, Rebekah; Trudgett, Michelle – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This paper presents the findings from semi-structured interviews with six Indigenous Australian early childhood workers who were asked about how Indigenous families might be better supported to engage with early childhood education and care services. The workers identified three key barriers to family participation: transport difficulties, family…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Young Children, Interviews
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Harcourt, Deborah; Mazzoni, Valentina – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Early childhood research and policy, globally, are focusing increasingly on issues of "quality" in early childhood education. However, much of the focus to date has been on adult notions of quality, with little attention being devoted to children's accounts. Conducted in the context of early childhood education in Verona, Italy, this…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Early Childhood Education, Research Methodology, Young Children
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Muir, Tracey – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This paper describes a project conducted with the parents of children in early childhood classes from two different district high schools. The project investigated the perceptions held by these parents in relation to mathematics education, and used an intervention program designed to encourage them to engage in numeracy activities with their…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Intervention, Parent Participation, Numeracy
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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
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Danby, Susan; Thompson, Catherine; Theobald, Maryanne; Thorpe, Karen – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Starting school is a critical and potentially stressful time for many young children, and having supportive relationships with parents, teachers and peers and friends offer better outcomes for school adjustment and social relationships. This paper explores matters of friendship when young children are starting school, and how they initiate…
Descriptors: Young Children, Friendship, Student Adjustment, Peer Relationship
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Harris, Nonie; Tinning, Beth – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This article explores parents' and carers' experiences of accessing quality long day care in northern regional Australia. The data was gathered in 2009, after the collapse of ABC Developmental Learning Centres (herein referred to as ABC Learning) and before the implementation of the "National Quality Framework," and provides a snapshot…
Descriptors: Child Care, Foreign Countries, Economic Factors, Geographic Regions
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Walker, Sue; Dunbar, Stephanie; Meldrum, Katrina; Whiteford, Chrystal; Carrington, Suzanne; Berthelsen, Donna; Hand, Kirstine; Nicholson, Jan – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
The transition from early intervention programs to inclusive school settings presents a range of social challenges for children with developmental disabilities. In Queensland, in the year of transition to school, many children with developmental disabilities attend an Early Childhood Development Program for two to three days each week and also…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Physical Environment, Foreign Countries, Developmental Disabilities
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Swit, Cara; McMaugh, Anne – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Relational aggression is a subtle form of aggressive behaviour that uses dyadic relationships and manipulation as a vehicle of harm. Little is known about relational aggression in preschool-age children in cultural contexts outside the United States. This study examined relationally aggressive behaviours and prosocial behaviours in Australian…
Descriptors: Age, Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Preschool Children
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Simoncini, Kym; Caltabiono, Nerina – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
While research has repeatedly shown the benefits of participation in extracurricular activities for adolescents, few studies have focused on very young children. Extra-curricular activities afford children opportunities for development and can also influence their behaviour. Children's behaviour is an important predictor of their future successes…
Descriptors: Children, Extracurricular Activities, Mothers, Child Behavior
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Cheung, Rebecca Hun Ping – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
The study aimed to examine the relationship between early childhood teachers' beliefs about good creative practices and their actual instructional practices; namely, characteristics of a creative teacher, environmental settings important for developing creativity, teaching strategies used for developing creativity, and criteria for judging…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Creativity, Observation
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Fluckiger, Beverley; Diamond, Pat; Jones, Will – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Effective partnerships between parents, teachers and the community have universally been heralded as crucial to improving young Indigenous Australians' participation in early childhood education and their literacy development. This study of one remote preschool setting identifies the features that successfully framed family-school and…
Descriptors: Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Family School Relationship, Mother Attitudes
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