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Press, Frances; Harrison, Linda; Wong, Sandie; Gibson, Megan; Cumming, Tamara; Ryan, Sharon – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2020
A considerable body of research suggests that knowledgeable and skilled educators are key to the quality of early childhood services. However, the skills and knowledge of educators is subject to being underestimated and contested. In response, the Exemplary Early Childhood Educators at Work Study has been designed to bring to light the distinctive…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Foreign Countries, Teacher Competencies
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Gibson, Megan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
The Australian government's current workforce reforms in early childhood education and care (ECEC) include a major shift in qualification requirements. The new requirement is that university four-year degree qualified teachers are employed in before-school contexts, including childcare. Ironically, recent research studies show that, in Australia,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education
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Hard, Louise; Press, Frances; Gibson, Megan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
Early childhood education has long been connected with objectives related to social justice. Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) has its roots in philanthropic and educational reform movements prevalent at the turn of the twentieth century. More recently, with the introduction of the National Early Childhood Reform Agenda, early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Social Justice, Educational Change
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Gibson, Megan; McAllister, Nadine – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2005
Campus Kindergarten is a community-based centre for early childhood education and care located on campus at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia. Being located within this diverse community has presented many opportunities for Campus Kindergarten. It is creating and embracing possibilities that has formed the basis for ongoing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Child Care