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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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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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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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Disney, Leigh; Barnes, Alan; Ey, Lesley; Geng, Gretchen – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
Advances in technology have seen a proliferation of touch-screen interfaces available to young children. These screens have changed the way in which young children engage with digital technology; with increased exposure and use, it raises debates about the suitability of integrating digital technology within early childhood settings. There are…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Numeracy, Young Children
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Lewis, Rebecca; Fleer, Marilyn; Hammer, Marie – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
This study investigated the practice of two early-childhood educators and their interactions with 24 children (mean age 5.2 years) in an inner-suburban Australian preschool setting. The study specifically examined the nature of how educators 'intentionally teach' concepts to young children in a child-centred programme. Six hours of educator-child…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods, Student Centered Learning
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Robinson, Christine – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
The mandated early childhood framework in Australia requires educators working in early childhood services to attend to children's spirituality. Also, one of the five outcomes in this framework tasks educators with promoting children's connectedness with and contribution to the world, including natural environments. In this paper I present…
Descriptors: Spiritual Development, Constructivism (Learning), Religious Education, Phenomenology
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Gibbons, Andrew; Nikolai, Jennifer – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
This paper engages with multiplicity in methodology through reflections on a dance and risky play research project in a shared problematisation of children's physical activity. A research-practitioner team explored perspectives on physical activity and risky play through dance. This project aimed to distance itself from the idea of an expert other…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Physical Activities, Dance, Dance Education
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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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Douglas, Susan; Stirling, Lesley – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This article investigates processes of engagement in social pretend play between children with autism (age range 3.6 to 7.2 years) and adult play partners, using a large corpus of conversational data. We take a qualitative discourse analytic approach to investigate the metacommunicative strategies used by the children. Our initial framework for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Autism, Play, Imagination
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Lee, Shiree – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This article reports a recent case study providing evidence that toddlers explore mathematical concepts in their outdoor play. The play experiences the toddlers engaged in gave rise to seven mathematical categories. In each of these categories examples are given of some of the ways the toddlers displayed their mathematical knowledge and skill.
Descriptors: Play, Toddlers, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Skills
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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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Wainman, Briony; Boulton-Lewis, Gillian; Walker, Sue; Brownlee, Jo; Cobb, Charlotte; Whiteford, Chrystal; Johnsson, Eva – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Previous research has emphasized the importance of active citizenship in the early years for the development of a tolerant and cohesive Australian society. This paper presents findings related to young children's beliefs about exclusion based on gender and race. The findings draw from a larger study exploring the development of children's moral…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Play, Moral Development
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Harrison, Cathie – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This paper provides an overview of one aspect of a research project to investigate the contribution of the television program "Play School" to the health and wellbeing of young Australian children. The research question for this aspect of the study was: How do young children respond to the various elements and segments of "Play…
Descriptors: Well Being, Television, Interaction, Foreign Countries
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Sweetser, Penelope; Johnson, Daniel; Ozdowska, Anne; Wyeth, Peta – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
In this paper we report some initial findings from our investigations into the Australian Government's Longitudinal Study of Australian Children dataset. It is revealed that the majority of Australian children are exceeding the government's Screen Time recommendations and that most of their screen time is spent as TV viewing, as opposed to video…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, Play, Video Games
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