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Gibbons, Andrew N. – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
This paper examines curriculum debates, particularly those that influence an understanding of the nature and purpose of curriculum, in providing teacher education and in influencing teaching practice. The work of Martin Heidegger provides a framework for questioning the early childhood teacher education curriculum. Central to this analysis are…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Educators
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Hedges, Helen – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Children's interest in popular culture was clear in my study of interests-based curriculum. Yet, perhaps unsurprisingly, it was a contentious site of curriculum co-construction. This article explores this tension. It argues that interpreting popular culture as "funds of knowledge" might assist teachers to consider a different view of this interest…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Knowledge Level, Curriculum Development, Student Interests
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McDonough, Andrea; Sullivan, Peter – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Much research on early measurement learning is small-scale and dependent on the items used. While such research is helpful for indicating the key aspects of learning length, it does not give teachers a clear indication of the expectations for student learning of them. This paper presents substantial data from a large project that used individual…
Descriptors: Measurement Techniques, Interviews, Child Development, Longitudinal Studies
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Boulton-Lewis, Gillian; Brownlee, Joanne; Walker, Sue; Cobb-Moore, Charlotte; Johansson, Eva – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
The intention of the analysis in this paper was to determine, from interviews with 11 early years' teachers, what informed their knowledge of children's learning and teaching strategies regarding moral development. Overall, the analysis revealed four main categories: definitions of moral behaviour, understanding of children's learning, pedagogy…
Descriptors: Definitions, Moral Issues, Social Development, Moral Development
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Colmer, Kaye; Rutherford, Lynne; Murphy, Pam – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Offering intensive parent support programs within an early childhood setting recognises that early childhood educators are uniquely placed to form highly supportive and ongoing relationships with children and their families as part of their everyday work. This feature of early childhood programs can be utilised to include educators as partners in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Attachment Behavior, Family Programs
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Pacini-Ketchabaw, Veronica; Pence, Alan – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
By engaging poststructural, postmodern and indigenous lenses, this article explores challenges associated with recently developed "postmodern" early childhood education curricula. The authors propose that curricula should not be seen as neutral, but rather as historically and politically situated documents that require dynamic and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Curriculum, Postmodernism, Indigenous Populations
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Fleer, Marilyn – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Many countries around the world have in place national early childhood curriculum documents for supporting educators, including Australia. It is timely for the field of early childhood education to consider the contemporary experiences of children from the twenty-first century in relation to how early childhood curriculum is framed. For instance,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Child Development
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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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Kelly, Rachel; Dissanayake, Cheryl; Ihsen, Elfriede; Hammond, Sabine – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
The role of executive function, specifically inhibitory control and generativity, in symbolic play was investigated in 20 children aged 48-89 months. Assessment of inhibitory control was via the Sun-Moon Stroop task, and generativity was assessed with the Semantic Fluency task, as well as a new object substitution task which required children to…
Descriptors: Young Children, Play, Executive Function, Perspective Taking
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Edwards, Kayte; Loveridge, Judith – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
This research seeks to explore how early childhood professionals support children's scientific learning from the practitioner's perspective. Taking a qualitative approach, this case study indicates possible ways effective team teaching can support the child's scientific learning as well as other team members' learning and teaching development.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Scientific Principles, Young Children, Team Teaching
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Garvis, Susanne; Twigg, Danielle; Pendergast, Donna – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
According to the National Education and the Arts Statement (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, 2007), all children and young people should have a high-quality arts education. To achieve this teachers require a high level of skill and training, and the belief that they are self-efficacious in the teaching of…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Preservice Teacher Education, Self Efficacy, Cooperating Teachers
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Barblett, Lennie; Barratt-Pugh, Caroline; Kilgallon, Pam; Maloney, Carmel – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Transition practices that ensure continuity between early childhood settings have been shown to be important in assisting children's short-term and long-term growth and development (Vogler, Cravello & Woodhead, 2008). In Western Australia many young children move from and between long day care (LDC) settings to kindergarten. In that state,…
Descriptors: Young Children, Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Principals
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