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Reflections Magazine : Issue 50
as a valuable and highly effective context for learning, when children are actively engaged and educators are purposeful in their conversations and interactions with children. Finally, I believe when educators plan, resource and take part in play, they are teaching and showing children, and parents, that play is important. (Adapted from an address given by Dr Irvine at the Gowrie (Qld) AGM on 22 Nov 2012) References: Bennett, J. (2005). Curriculum issues in national policy-making. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 13(2), 5-23. Council of Australian Governments (COAG) (2009). National Early Childhood Development Strategy. Investing in the early years. Canberra, ACT: COAG. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2009). Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. Follari, L.M. (2011). Foundations and best practices in early childhood education: History, theories and approaches to learning (2nd ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc. Froebel, F. (1974). The education of man (W.N. Hailmann, Trans). Clifton, New Jersey: Augustus M. Kelley Publishers. (Original work published 1887). Grieshaber, S. & McArdle, F. (2010).The trouble with play. Berkshire UK: Open University Press. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (2006). Starting Strong II. Paris: OECD. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (2012). Education at a glance 2012: OECD indicators. Paris: OECD. Last accessed 7 January 2013: http://www.oecd.org/edu/eag2012.htm Ortlip, M., Arthur, L. & Woodrow, C. (2011). Discourses of the Early Years Learning Framework: Constructing the early childhood professional, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 12(1), 56-69. Pramling Samuelsson, I. & Johansson, E. (2006). Play and learning -- inseparable dimensions in preschool practice. Early Childhood Development and Care, 176(1), 47-65. Rousseau, J. (2008). Emile (MobileReference, Trans.). Boston: MobileReference.com. (Original work published 1762). Sylva, K., Melhuish, E. C., Sammons, P., Siraj-Blatchford, I. and Taggart, B. (2004).The Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) Project: Technical Paper 12 - The Final Report: Effective Pre-School Education. London: DfES / Institute of Education, University of London. Walsh, G., Sproule, L., McGuinness, C., Trew, K., Rafferty, H. & Sheehy, N. (2006). An appropriate curriculum for 4-5 year old children in Northern Ireland: comparing play-based and formal approaches. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 26(2), 201-221. " " Effective pedagogy includes the provision of enriched learning and play environments, freely chosen activities by children, and responsive accompaniment of children by educators who guide, inform, model and instruct, but who do not dominate the child's thinking (Bennett, 2005: 18). 8
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