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Harcourt, Deborah; Mazzoni, Valentina – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Early childhood research and policy, globally, are focusing increasingly on issues of "quality" in early childhood education. However, much of the focus to date has been on adult notions of quality, with little attention being devoted to children's accounts. Conducted in the context of early childhood education in Verona, Italy, this…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Early Childhood Education, Research Methodology, Young Children
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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