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Lewis, Rebecca; Fleer, Marilyn; Hammer, Marie – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
This study investigated the practice of two early-childhood educators and their interactions with 24 children (mean age 5.2 years) in an inner-suburban Australian preschool setting. The study specifically examined the nature of how educators 'intentionally teach' concepts to young children in a child-centred programme. Six hours of educator-child…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods, Student Centered Learning
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Disney, Leigh; Barnes, Alan; Ey, Lesley; Geng, Gretchen – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
Advances in technology have seen a proliferation of touch-screen interfaces available to young children. These screens have changed the way in which young children engage with digital technology; with increased exposure and use, it raises debates about the suitability of integrating digital technology within early childhood settings. There are…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Numeracy, Young Children
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Gibbons, Andrew; Nikolai, Jennifer – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
This paper engages with multiplicity in methodology through reflections on a dance and risky play research project in a shared problematisation of children's physical activity. A research-practitioner team explored perspectives on physical activity and risky play through dance. This project aimed to distance itself from the idea of an expert other…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Physical Activities, Dance, Dance Education
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Sumsion, Jennifer; Grieshaber, Sue; McArdle, Felicity; Shield, Paul – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
This article provides an overview of the Education Meets Play study that will investigate early childhood educators' use of play-based learning, now mandatory under the "National Quality Standard". By building on what can be gleaned about educators' approaches to play-based learning prior to the implementation of the "Early Years…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries, Play, Classroom Techniques
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Douglas, Susan; Stirling, Lesley – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This article investigates processes of engagement in social pretend play between children with autism (age range 3.6 to 7.2 years) and adult play partners, using a large corpus of conversational data. We take a qualitative discourse analytic approach to investigate the metacommunicative strategies used by the children. Our initial framework for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Autism, Play, Imagination
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Lee, Shiree – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This article reports a recent case study providing evidence that toddlers explore mathematical concepts in their outdoor play. The play experiences the toddlers engaged in gave rise to seven mathematical categories. In each of these categories examples are given of some of the ways the toddlers displayed their mathematical knowledge and skill.
Descriptors: Play, Toddlers, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Skills
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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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Wainman, Briony; Boulton-Lewis, Gillian; Walker, Sue; Brownlee, Jo; Cobb, Charlotte; Whiteford, Chrystal; Johnsson, Eva – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Previous research has emphasized the importance of active citizenship in the early years for the development of a tolerant and cohesive Australian society. This paper presents findings related to young children's beliefs about exclusion based on gender and race. The findings draw from a larger study exploring the development of children's moral…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Play, Moral Development
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Harrison, Cathie – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This paper provides an overview of one aspect of a research project to investigate the contribution of the television program "Play School" to the health and wellbeing of young Australian children. The research question for this aspect of the study was: How do young children respond to the various elements and segments of "Play…
Descriptors: Well Being, Television, Interaction, Foreign Countries
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Sweetser, Penelope; Johnson, Daniel; Ozdowska, Anne; Wyeth, Peta – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
In this paper we report some initial findings from our investigations into the Australian Government's Longitudinal Study of Australian Children dataset. It is revealed that the majority of Australian children are exceeding the government's Screen Time recommendations and that most of their screen time is spent as TV viewing, as opposed to video…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, Play, Video Games
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Chowdhury, Nurun Nahar; Rivalland, Corine – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
In early childhood education the dominant discourse of play-based pedagogy is greatly influenced by a western play approach. This paper examines how play is valued as early learning in Bangladesh. It reports on a qualitative study that explored the understandings of four parents and four early childhood educators in semi-rural Bangladesh. Findings…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Early Childhood Education, Young Children
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Mawson, Brent – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
The technological knowledge the children bring with them into early childhood settings is not well documented or understood. This article discusses the technological knowledge and understanding of the nature of technology present within children's collaborative play in two New Zealand early childhood settings. The children incorporated a wide…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries
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Harrison, Cathie – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Early childhood education in Australia is currently undergoing a period of change and renewal. Times of change offer opportunities to revisit the perspectives of the past, to respond to current choices and challenges, and explore future opportunities within the national provision of early childhood care and education. Such opportunities also exist…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Educational Change
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Sandberg, Anette; Arlemalm-Hagser, Eva – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
In Sweden, early childhood education is unique in its combination of learning and play, care and fostering fundamental values. The aim of this article is to discuss and problematise current Swedish research from the early childhood education field with a focus on play and learning in relation to three fundamental values affirmed in the Swedish…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Early Childhood Education, Childrens Rights, Foreign Countries
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Tannock, Michelle – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
This research investigated the rough-and-tumble play of 17 five-year-old children in two early childhood settings. The study resulted in an increased understanding of the forms of rough-and-tumble play displayed by young children. This study demonstrates that both boys and girls are engaged in a variety of rough-and-tumble play behaviours.…
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Gender Differences, Child Development
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