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Mills, Kathy – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Young children shift meanings across multiple modes long before they have mastered formal writing skills. In a digital age, children are socialised into a wide range of new digital media conventions in the home, at school, and in community-based settings. This article draws on longitudinal classroom research with a culturally diverse cohort of…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Young Children, Writing Skills, Cognitive Processes
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Stagnitti, Karen; Malakellis, Mary; Kershaw, Beth; Hoare, Majella; Kenna, Rachel; de Silva-Sanigorski, Andrea – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Australian children from disadvantaged families are at increased risk of delays in acquiring fundamental movement skills, with physical inactivity and increased risk of the potential consequences of obesity. The aims of this pilot study were to: 1) assess the fundamental movement skills of disadvantaged children; 2) evaluate the feasibility and…
Descriptors: Obesity, Play, Intervention, Physical Activities
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Garvis, Susanne; Pendergast, Donna – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
In 2009, the Australian Government introduced the Get Up and Grow (Commonwealth Government, 2009) guidelines for healthy eating and exercise in early childhood as one element of a range of initiatives aiming to curb childhood obesity, a problem affecting an increasing proportion of Australia children. Included in the policy recommendations are…
Descriptors: Television Viewing, Obesity, Exercise, Foreign Countries
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Jackson, Dianne – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Supported playgroups are a dual-focus service model used widely in Australia to provide stimulating early childhood environments for children and support for their parents. This article discusses some of the findings from a recent qualitative doctoral study that explored three supported playgroups in western Sydney. In particular, it articulates…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Social Networks, Social Support Groups
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Berthelsen, Donna; Karuppiah, Nirmala – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
For multicultural education to be effective, it must be introduced in the early years and reinforced throughout the school years. It is important for teachers of young children to be equipped with the appropriate knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to promote multiculturalism in their classrooms. This paper reports on a survey involving…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Teacher Education Programs, Early Childhood Education, Cultural Pluralism
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Noel, Andrea – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
This paper details the early childhood transition activities of three schools in southern Queensland, Australia, as reported by school administrators. The transition programs were analysed using the categories of the Transition to School Matrix of the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education. Activities fell into the first four categories…
Descriptors: School Activities, Transitional Programs, Foreign Countries, Program Descriptions
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Te One, Sarah – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Recent research (Te One, 2009) investigated perceptions of children's rights in a New Zealand early childhood care and education service (the Creche) for under-two-year-olds. Focus group interviews, interviews with teachers, observational field notes, photographs and a researcher's journal were used to generate data. Findings revealed that…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Focus Groups, Childrens Rights, Interviews
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Williamson, Lara; Davis, Elise; Priest, Naomi; Harrison, Linda – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Introduction: Although the family day care workforce has changed over the past decade in response to evolving childcare regulations and accreditation requirements, there is little research on family day care educators in Australia. The aim of this study was to describe characteristics of Australian family day care educators, including their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, At Risk Students, Student Diversity, Special Needs Students
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Thomas, Louise; Warren, Elizabeth; deVries, Eva – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
This paper reports on an analysis of teachers' talk of play-based learning and intentional teaching of mathematics. The participants in the study were two early childhood teachers in a pre-Prep program (the year before school). Teachers' talk of how they engaged in the interplay between children's play and the use of intentional teaching practices…
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction
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Yelland, Nicola – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
A decade ago I wrote an article entitled "Technology as play" in which I called for early childhood educators to rethink the way in which they regard play. This involved not only incorporating the notion of playing with new technologies but also critiqued the essence of what constituted play and the link with learning that was viewed…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Play, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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Lee, Joon Sun; Ginsburg, Herbert P.; Preston, Michael D. – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
The most pressing need in early childhood mathematics education in the United States is to improve early childhood teacher preparation. A Web-based video system, "Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning (VITAL)", is a novel and effective approach for teacher preparation integrated into early childhood mathematics education courses. With…
Descriptors: Education Courses, Young Children, Video Equipment, Video Technology
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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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Lee, Joon Sun; Ginsburg, Herbert P. – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
In this article we discuss nine common misconceptions about learning and teaching mathematics for young children that are widespread among prospective and practicing early childhood teachers in the United States. These misconceptions include: 1. Young children are not ready for mathematics education; 2. Mathematics is for some bright kids with…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Mathematics Teachers
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Rockel, Jean – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
The image of a carer "minding" babies and toddlers has been transformed with the professionalisation of care in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This occurred with the introduction of the national early childhood curriculum, "Te Wha-riki", in 1996 (Ministry of Education, 1996). Another…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Toddlers, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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De Gioia, Katey – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
The use of childcare services for very young children (birth to three years) has increased dramatically in the past two decades (Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2004). This article investigates the expectations for cultural continuity of caregiving practices (with particular emphasis on sleep and feeding) between…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Cultural Background
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