Research around the World

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I have chosen to use the website http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/ for my posting this week. I chose it because I thought it would be interesting to see how  Australia’s early childhood programs compare to the early childhood programs in the United States.

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One of the current international research topics was how all Australians benefit from early childhood learning experiences. The sight gave insight on how collective investments in their young child’s development will enhance their countries economy (Early Childhood Australia, 2017).

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Another research topic was ’The Early Years Learning Framework’ which is a great research resource in Australia. You can retrieve this by going to http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/nqsplp/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/RIP0904_EYLFsample.pdf. Joy Goodfellow the author gives insight into the importance of high-quality care for all young children under the age of 5.

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 An insight I gained about the early childhood field in Australia was found in the Australian Early Development Census the “AEDC introduces a strengths based measure of early childhood development called the ‘Multiple Strength Indicator’” (AEDC, 2017). This was developed by the “Telethon Kids Institute” (AEDC, 2017). This indicator complements the information they already have obtained from the young child when they begin the school year.  A fact that I learned from this website is that Australia is the first country in the world to use this MSI. This ‘Multiple Strength Indicator’ shows the strengths of the child and in-turn  creates positive approaches for the schools, lawmakers, and communities to help children get the best start on their young life (AEDC, 2017).

 

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An extraordinary insight that I gained from this site is that Australia hardly ever asks their young children about their experiences in the early childhood program. Instead on their website they ask their parents to complete a short survey about their child early childhood program experience. (Early Childhood Australia, 2017). In the United States we ask our parent’s questions about their child’s early childhood experience in our program however I had never seen it on our website and I thought it was a great idea. It was fun to research this site and see similar results that we see here in the United States and to see research that they are using that we aren’t and why. Have a marvelous week!

Tammy

References

AEDC, (2017). Let’s talk about strengths: AEDC introduces a strengths based

          measure of early childhood development in Australia.  Retrieved from

https://www.aedc.gov.au.

Early Childhood Australia, (2017). Early Learning Everyone Benefits. Early

          Childhood Management Services, Retrieved from

http://www.everyonebenefits.org.au.

 

 

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