Key ideas, research and challenges in early childhood education and care

Theobald, Maryanne Agnes & Busch, Gillian Roslyn (2016) Key ideas, research and challenges in early childhood education and care. In Ailwood, Joanne, Boyd, Wendy, & Theobald, Maryanne Agnes (Eds.) Understanding Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia Practices and perspectives. Allen & Unwin, Sydney, N.S.W, pp. 95-120.

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The Australian government has recognised the importance of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in recent years. With over one million Australian children accessing early childhood education provision every day (Productivity Commission, 2014), today’s children are a generation who spend a large part of their early years in some form of out-of-home child care. Early chapters in this text have discussed a range of people, theories and approaches that inform the development of ECEC. Early childhood pedagogical practice is an eclectic mix of these ideas. This chapter begins with an overview of the ways young children learn in early childhood education, highlighting play-based learning as a pedagogical response to our understandings about children. Next the chapter outlines areas that have more recently influenced ECEC including international models of early childhood education, neuroscience, studies of young children, economic research and social justice principles. Drawing on the reflections of educators working in various ECEC contexts, the chapter then presents four topics encountered by educators as part of their everyday work with diverse communities. These topics include: • the educational program for children in the early years • relationships and partnerships with diverse families • professional accountabilities, and • changing constructions of childhood.

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ID Code: 91066
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: early childhood education
ISBN: 9781743318607
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)
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 2016 Allen & Unwin
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2015 23:07
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 01:17

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