A snapshot of 40 years in early childhood education and care through oral histories

Theobald, Maryanne Agnes, Cobb-Moore, Charlotte, & Irvine, Susan (2013) A snapshot of 40 years in early childhood education and care through oral histories. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 38(4), pp. 107-115.

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The year 2012 marked 40 years since the introduction of the Child Care Act 1972 and the federal government introduced financial support for the provision of child care services in Australia. Significant changes have occurred in social, political and theoretical contexts of early childhood education and care (ECEC) during this time. Bringing these to life, this paper investigates archival data of key changes in ECEC in association with oral histories of staff, parents and children associated with The Gowrie Qld during the years 1972‒2012. With narrative analysis considered alongside historical information, two dominant issues emerge as integral to ECEC in the past, now and the future. These are: 1) what constitutes effective teaching and learning in the educational program and 2) professional expectations in ECEC. Building an historical picture, this paper provides for critical reflection on the past to inform current and future practices.

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ID Code: 64763
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: oral histories, early childhood education and care, educational program, The Gowrie Qld, historical narratives, professional expectations
ISSN: 0312-5033
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2013 05:00
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2014 13:28

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