Departures from tradition : the early years learning framework for Australia

Grieshaber, Susan J. (2010) Departures from tradition : the early years learning framework for Australia. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 4(2), pp. 33-44.

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In 2009, the Commonwealth Government of Australia published the first national learning framework for use with children aged birth to five years. The framework marks a departure from tradition in that it emphasizes intentional teaching, learning as well as child development, a particular type of play-based learning, outcomes, and equity. This article analyzes aspects of the document that depart from well established approaches to early childhood education in Australia and identifies challenges for educators who are required to use the document. It concludes that ongoing and supportive professional learning opportunities must accompany the introduction and enactment of the document.

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ID Code: 39744
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: curriculum, learning, play-based, intentional teaching, outcomes, equity, child development
ISSN: 1976-5681
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Korea Institute of Child Care and Education
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2011 23:55
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:29

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