Do Actions Speak Louder than Words? Examining children’s ability to follow instructions – Memory & Cognition

ABSTRACT The ability to encode, retain, and implement instructions within working memory is central to many behaviours, including classroom activities which underpin learning. The three experiments presented here explored how action—planned, enacted, and observed—impacted 6- to 10-year-old’s ability to follow instructions. Experiment 1 (N = 81) found enacted recall was superior to verbal recall, but … [Read More] Do Actions Speak Louder than Words? Examining children’s ability to follow instructions – Memory & Cognition

Higher Child Support Doesn’t Lead to Welfare Dependency for Single Mums – The Conversation

Extract of an article by by Hayley Fisher, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Sydney. Child support reduces poverty among single mothers in Australia and does not discourage employment or reduce the number of hours worked. My analysis of data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey studies how the amount of child … [Read More] Higher Child Support Doesn’t Lead to Welfare Dependency for Single Mums – The Conversation

Children Understand Far More about Other Minds than Long Believed- The Conversation

Extract from an article by Henrike Moll, Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology, University of Southern California. Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking. Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, who is credited with founding the scientific study of children’s thinking, was convinced that preschool children … [Read More] Children Understand Far More about Other Minds than Long Believed- The Conversation

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 – ParlInfo

Extract from a Bills Digest by Don Arthur, Anna Dunkley, Michael Klapdor and Matthew Thomas Social Policy Section The Bills Digest at a glance The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 (the Bill) passed the House of Representatives on 1 March 2017. The Bill contains 18 schedules across the Social Services, Education … [Read More] Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 – ParlInfo

Early Childhood, Vocational Education and the Danger of History Repeating – The Mandarin

Extract from an article by Sarah Pilcher & Stacey Fox Market forces proved disastrous for the VET sector, but there is time to ensure similar changes to early childhood education and care sector do not cause a similar crisis. Researchers from the Mitchell Institute explore the lessons for the Commonwealth’s childcare plan. There have been some … [Read More] Early Childhood, Vocational Education and the Danger of History Repeating – The Mandarin

[Audio] The Schools Squeeze: How the apartment boom is overcrowding classrooms – Radio National

Listen as David Lewis investigates an explosion in the number of high-rise apartments across our capital cities is dramatically driving up student enrolments, resulting in “jam-packed” public schools.  A transcript of this program will be made available by the Tuesday [21 March 2017] following the broadcast. SOURCE: Lewis, David. “The Schools Squeeze: How the apartment … [Read More] [Audio] The Schools Squeeze: How the apartment boom is overcrowding classrooms – Radio National

Self-regulation as a correlate of weight status in preschool children – Early Child Development and Care

ABSTRACT The primary aim of this study was to examine associations between executive functioning (EF) and child weight status (categorized from body mass index [BMI] percentiles) in a sample of preschool children. Participants included 80 preschool children (mean age?=?4.17 years, female?=?52%). Hierarchical regression analyses as well as analysis of covariance were used to test hypotheses. … [Read More] Self-regulation as a correlate of weight status in preschool children – Early Child Development and Care

Enriching Preschool Classrooms and Home Visits with Evidence-based Programming: Sustained benefits for low-income children – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

ABSTRACT Background: Growing up in poverty undermines healthy development, producing disparities in the cognitive and social-emotional skills that support early learning and mental health. Preschool and home-visiting interventions for low-income children have the potential to build early cognitive and social-emotional skills, reducing the disparities in school readiness that perpetuate the cycle of poverty. However, longitudinal … [Read More] Enriching Preschool Classrooms and Home Visits with Evidence-based Programming: Sustained benefits for low-income children – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Unpaid Childcare is Australia’s Largest Industry – It needs to be acknowledged – The Guardian

Putting a dollar figure on unpaid childcare – valued at more than $345bn in Australia – encourages governments and employers to factor it into their planning. Extract from an article by Fiona Smith We’re all resigned to traffic gridlock on the way to work during the week, but when we are stopped, bumper to bumper, … [Read More] Unpaid Childcare is Australia’s Largest Industry – It needs to be acknowledged – The Guardian

Pierre Bourdieu: Theorizing the digital – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT Pierre Bourdieu is known for his research in the areas of education and cultural stratification that led to a number of theoretical contributions informing the social sciences. Bourdieu’s interrelated concepts of field, capital, and habitus have become central in many approaches to inequality and stratification across the social sciences. In addition, we argue that … [Read More] Pierre Bourdieu: Theorizing the digital – Information, Communication & Society

Interactions between Callous Unemotional Behaviors and Executive Function in Early Childhood Predict later Aggression and Lower Peer-liking in Late-childhood – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

ABSTRACT Callous unemotional (CU) behaviors are linked to aggression, behavior problems, and difficulties in peer relationships in children and adolescents. However, few studies have examined whether early childhood CU behaviors predict aggression or peer-rejection during late-childhood or potential moderation of this relationship by executive function. The current study examined whether the interaction of CU behaviors … [Read More] Interactions between Callous Unemotional Behaviors and Executive Function in Early Childhood Predict later Aggression and Lower Peer-liking in Late-childhood – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

Childcare Providers’ Use of Practices to Promote Young Children’s Social-Emotional Competence – Infants & Young Children

ABSTRACT Findings are presented regarding childcare providers’ use of evidence-based strategies to promote preschoolers’ social–emotional competence in 38 urban childcare classrooms. Descriptive results from classroom observations and childcare teachers’ interviews indicated that in the absence of training, childcare teaching staff implemented few of these strategies. Teachers also reported a lack of infrastructure elements such as … [Read More] Childcare Providers’ Use of Practices to Promote Young Children’s Social-Emotional Competence – Infants & Young Children

Understanding the Unpaid Economy – Price Waterhouse Cooper

Why is it that a mother caring for her children produces no ‘measured’ economic value, but the same mother hiring others to look after her children does? The answer stems from our narrow measurements of ‘economic activity’, which currently only captures activities for which people are paid. Unpaid work is excluded but we intuitively know … [Read More] Understanding the Unpaid Economy – Price Waterhouse Cooper

What’s a Woman Really Worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia’s economy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Extract If we were to measure the value of unpaid childcare to Australia’s economy in dollar terms, it would be the nation’s biggest – estimated at $345 billion. A new report from PwC, to be released on Wednesday as part of International Women’s Day, asks: Why is it that a mother caring for her children … [Read More] What’s a Woman Really Worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia’s economy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Delivering Better Maternal Mental Health Care: A diagnosis – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Ian Jones, Professor of Psychiatry, Director of National Centre for Mental Health, Cardiff University. Low mood and anxiety are something we all experience at various points in our lives. And the enormous changes that occur on becoming a new parent means it is a time when these symptoms are particularly … [Read More] Delivering Better Maternal Mental Health Care: A diagnosis – The Conversation

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