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Kilgallon, Pam; Maloney, Carmel; Lock, Graeme – Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 2008
This paper describes a study of early childhood teachers' (educators of children aged four - eight years in school settings) perceptions of key factors which impact on their ability to cope with the implementation of mandated educational change in the workplace. Using qualitative methodology including surveys, focus groups and in-depth interviews,…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Access to Information, Young Children, Educational Change
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Surtees, Nicola – Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 2008
This article highlights aspects of a qualitative research study in New Zealand focused on the operation of teacher discourses of sexuality within early childhood education. The study explored teacher talk and practice about and around sexuality and the subsequent regulation of sexualities in centres. Drawing from the study findings, this article…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Early Childhood Education, Children, Foreign Countries
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Rivalland, Corine M. Patricia – Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 2007
Few research projects have captured the voices of childcare professionals about their personal beliefs in relation to teaching and learning. Using a qualitative case study approach with an emphasis on social constructivism, this descriptive study aimed to understand beliefs and practices as part of an underlying system, rather than as separate…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Beliefs, Teacher Attitudes, Case Studies
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Hard, Louise – Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 2006
Leadership is a contested term in many contexts and means various things to different people. In early childhood education and care (ECEC) it is understood in multilayered terms. This paper draws on a qualitative research study which employed symbolic interactionism as a methodological tool and drew data from 26 participants from the ECEC field…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Early Childhood Education, Instructional Leadership, Violence
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Boardman, Margot – Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 2006
Within the current climate of heightened interest in the education of young children, it is essential that consideration be given to different factors which may impact, either positively or negatively, on the achievement of young learners when their academic progress in literacy and numeracy is considered. The research study reported in this paper…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Academic Achievement, Numeracy, Program Effectiveness