The interface of the national Australian curriculum and the pre-Year 1 class in school : exploring tensions

Petriwskyj, Anne, O'Gorman, Lyndal May, & Turunen, Tuija (2013) The interface of the national Australian curriculum and the pre-Year 1 class in school : exploring tensions. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 13(1), pp. 16-22.

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The Australian state -based educational system of a national school curriculum that includes a pre-Year 1 Foundation Year has raised questions about the purpose of this year of early education. A document analysis was undertaken across three Australian states, examining three constructions of the pre-Year 1 class and tensions arising from varied perspectives. Tensions have emerged over state-based adaptations of the national curriculum, scripted pedagogies for change management, differing ideological perspectives and positioning of stakeholders. The results indicate that since 2012 there has been a shift in constructions of the pre-Year 1 class towards school-based ideologies, especially in Queensland. Accordingly, positioning of children, parents and teachers has also changed. These results resonate with previous international indications of ‘schooling’ early education. The experiences of Australian early adopters of the curriculum offer insights for other jurisdictions in Australia and internationally, and raise questions about future development in early years education.

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ID Code: 59065
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: curriculum, early childhood education, stakeholders, ideologies, socio-political, positioning
ISSN: 0312-5033
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Deposited On: 15 Apr 2013 21:51
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2013 05:50

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