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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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Stamopoulos, Elizabeth – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Rapid changes in Australian education have intensified the role of early childhood leaders and led to unprecedented challenges. The Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2011), mandated Australian "National Quality Framework" (NQF) for Early Childhood Education & Care (DEEWR, 2010b) and the "National Early Years Learning Framework"…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Leadership, Models, Educational Change
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Sanagavarapu, Prathyusha – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Food allergy impairs the health-related quality of life of both the affected children and their families. In particular, parents and children become anxious about the potential risks and consequences of food allergy, including disruptions in families' and children's social activities, the need for constant vigilance, children's safety, and the…
Descriptors: Allergy, Food, Young Children, Child Health
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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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Logan, Helen; Press, Frances; Sumsion, Jennifer – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Quality in early childhood development was barely mentioned in government policy four decades ago. But this has changed. Using discourses and gazes as analytical tools, and by examining the recent past (1972-2009), this article traces how and why "quality" has become a key component of the current Council of Australian Governments'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Public Policy, Young Children
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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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Fleer, Marilyn; Hoban, Garry – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Increased national and international attention towards early childhood education has resulted in the development of an Australian "Early Years Learning Framework" (EYLF) called "Belonging, Being and Becoming" (DEEWR, 2009) for realising agreed practice, principles and outcomes. The EYLF highlights the importance of educators…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Animation, Foreign Countries, Video Technology
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Harcourt, Deborah; Keen, Deb – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
A corpus of literature has argued the fundamental importance of learner engagement in early years' classrooms and identified the association between engagement and academic and social success. In the current education policy, educational theories typically influence curriculum development which, in turn, guides pedagogical practice. In the case of…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Curriculum Development, Educational Theories, Foreign Countries
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Ebrahim, Hasina – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Global childhood as a concept privileges western ideals of how young children experience growing up, how adults educate them, and how priorities are set for them. Ways of knowing and doing early childhood are backed by Euro-American knowledge, international conventions and scientific evidence which gives a semblance of the truths for intervening…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, African Culture, Cultural Context, Foreign Countries
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