It’s Special and It’s Specific: Understanding the Early Childhood Education Experiences and Expectations of Young Indigenous Australian Children and Their Parents – Australian Educational Researcher

ABTSRACT Whilst early childhood education is regarded as important for young Indigenous Australians and it has been a feature of policy since the 1960s, it does not receive the same attention as compulsory schooling for Indigenous Australian students. A serious lack of large-scale research contributes to the devaluing of early childhood education for young Indigenous … [Read More] It’s Special and It’s Specific: Understanding the Early Childhood Education Experiences and Expectations of Young Indigenous Australian Children and Their Parents – Australian Educational Researcher

Can Training Your Working Memory Make You Smarter? We reviewed the evidence – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Giovanni Sala, PhD Candidate, Cognitive Psychology & Fernand Gobet, Professor of Decision Making and Expertise, University of Liverpool. We would all like to boost our cognitive ability beyond the limits set by Mother Nature. So it’s no wonder that brain-training programmes – which typically focus on training our working memory – are a … [Read More] Can Training Your Working Memory Make You Smarter? We reviewed the evidence – The Conversation

Rethinking the Individualized Education Plan process: voices from the other side of the table (US) – Disability & Society

ABSTRACT Parent involvement in the process of creating an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a federal law in the United States that ensures children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education alongside their peers without disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Yet much … [Read More] Rethinking the Individualized Education Plan process: voices from the other side of the table (US) – Disability & Society

Foundations of Mathematics and Literacy: The role of executive functioning components – Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Highlights Prior research connecting EF and academic skills generally used broad measures. Response inhibition is related to most math skills and only print for literacy skills. Cognitive flexibility is related to more conceptual mathematics and literacy skills. Working memory is related to more advanced mathematics and literacy skills. Results provide a foundation for future investigations … [Read More] Foundations of Mathematics and Literacy: The role of executive functioning components – Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Examining the Predictive Relations Between Two Aspects of Self-regulation and Growth in Preschool Children’s Early Literacy Skills – Developmental Psychology

ABSTRACT There is strong evidence that self-regulatory processes are linked to early academic skills, both concurrently and longitudinally. The majority of extant longitudinal studies, however, have been conducted using autoregressive techniques that may not accurately model change across time. The purpose of this study was to examine the unique associations between 2 components of self-regulation, … [Read More] Examining the Predictive Relations Between Two Aspects of Self-regulation and Growth in Preschool Children’s Early Literacy Skills – Developmental Psychology

Promoting Risk-taking and Physically Challenging Play in Australian Early Childhood Settings in a Changing Regulatory Environment – Journal of Early Childhood Research

ABSTRACT This article presents data from a survey of Early Childhood Education and Care services in Australia. The study investigated outdoor play provision in terms of space, resources and planning for risk-taking in play. Overall, the results indicate that the participating centres are well-resourced to promote physical play, but vary in terms of opportunities for … [Read More] Promoting Risk-taking and Physically Challenging Play in Australian Early Childhood Settings in a Changing Regulatory Environment – Journal of Early Childhood Research

The Function of Executive Function: Everyday manifestations of regulated thinking in preschool settings – Early Childhood Education Journal

ABSTRACT Executive function (EF) encompasses higher-order mental processes necessary for the conscious control of thought and action in the service of goals. Once thought not to apply to children at all, EF is now at the center of a burgeoning body of research on young children over the last 10-15 years indicating that it is … [Read More] The Function of Executive Function: Everyday manifestations of regulated thinking in preschool settings – Early Childhood Education Journal

Student engagement and inclusive education: reframing student engagement – International Journal of Inclusive Education

ABSTRACT Engagement, or student engagement, is widely used in educational research and public discourse to refer to the problem of public education. The underlying ontological and epistemological assumptions buoying engagement are rarely, if ever, addressed by educational researchers. The ‘silent omission’ (Sidorkin 2014. “On the Theoretical Limits of Education.” In Making a Difference in Theory: … [Read More] Student engagement and inclusive education: reframing student engagement – International Journal of Inclusive Education

Most Little Learners in Preschool 15+ Hours a Week – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media release: Almost 9 out of 10 four year olds and 2 in 10 five year olds were enrolled in a preschool program in 2016, according to a report published today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). ABS spokesperson Michelle Marquardt reported that across the nation in 2016, there were 344,676 children aged four … [Read More] Most Little Learners in Preschool 15+ Hours a Week – Australian Bureau of Statistics

New Issue: Quest – Adult Learning Australia

Quest Issue 1, 2017 IN THIS ISSUE Tips and Trends: Power through power tools — A Women’s Shed that teaches women trades skills is flourishing in Orange, New South Wales. Message from the CEO Board news Learning to believe at Griffith Uni Crunch time at Woodend ACE update Tips for putting adult learning — Principles into practice … [Read More] New Issue: Quest – Adult Learning Australia

Promoting Risk-taking and Physically Challenging Play in Australian Early Childhood Settings in a Changing Regulatory Environment – Journal of Early Childhood Research

ABSTRACT This article presents data from a survey of Early Childhood Education and Care services in Australia. The study investigated outdoor play provision in terms of space, resources and planning for risk-taking in play. Overall, the results indicate that the participating centres are well-resourced to promote physical play, but vary in terms of opportunities for … [Read More] Promoting Risk-taking and Physically Challenging Play in Australian Early Childhood Settings in a Changing Regulatory Environment – Journal of Early Childhood Research

Evaluating the efficacy of children participating in Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters [HIPPY] and Head Start – Journal of Early Childhood Research

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters [HIPPY] program when implemented within Head Start programs by measuring children’s language proficiency scores. Participants were kindergarteners concurrently enrolled in both a Head Start program and the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters [HIPPY] … [Read More] Evaluating the efficacy of children participating in Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters [HIPPY] and Head Start – Journal of Early Childhood Research

Young Children’s Initiation into Family Literacy Practices in the Digital Age – Journal of Early Childhood Research

ABSTRACT This article reports a study that explored young children’s digital literacy in the home. The aim of the study was to identify the range of digital literacy practices in which children are engaged in the home and to explore how these are embedded into family life and involve family members. Four children, two girls … [Read More] Young Children’s Initiation into Family Literacy Practices in the Digital Age – Journal of Early Childhood Research

How does ‘Community’ Facilitate Early Childhood Service use in a Multicultural Australian Suburb?” Journal of Early Childhood Research

ABSTRACT Participation in early childhood development and education services is an important contributor to how well children develop throughout their early years and their success later in life. This article reports on research which examined how multicultural groups identify and use their community connections to share information and inform decision-making about and access to early … [Read More] How does ‘Community’ Facilitate Early Childhood Service use in a Multicultural Australian Suburb?” Journal of Early Childhood Research

The Relationship Between Children’s Executive Functioning, Theory of Mind, and Verbal Skills with Their Own and Others’ Behaviour in a Cooperative Context: Changes in relations from early to middle school-age  – Infant and Child Development

ABSTRACT Learning to behave in socially competent ways is an essential component of children’s development. This study examined the relations between children’s social, communicative, and cognitive skills and their behaviours during a cooperative task, as well as how these relationships change at different ages. Early school-age (5–8 years old) and middle school-age (9–12 years old) children completed … [Read More] The Relationship Between Children’s Executive Functioning, Theory of Mind, and Verbal Skills with Their Own and Others’ Behaviour in a Cooperative Context: Changes in relations from early to middle school-age  – Infant and Child Development

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