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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 53 Summer 2013
3 REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • SUMMER 2013 - ISSUE 53 editorial contents Dear Colleagues, Since the last edition of Reflections, the Federal election has resulted in a change of government with the Coalition now leading Australia. The Honourable Sussan Ley has been appointed as Assistant Minister for Education and is well equipped to take on this portfolio, having previously been the Opposition Minister. Gowrie Australia is delighted to introduce the Assistant Minister to readers in this edition, and we look forward to working in collaboration with the Assistant Minister, the Department of Education and its representatives to support policy and practice that will improve outcomes for young children. In the article, Assistant Minister Ley acknowledges the importance of a play based curriculum for young children and invites readers to engage in the forthcoming Productivity Commission inquiry into how our child care and early learning system can be made more flexible, affordable and accessible, to support the best decisions about the future of the sector. As the Assistant Minister states, this is a once in a generation opportunity, and readers are actively encouraged to contribute to this process. To mirror the Assistant Minister’s recognition of the importance of play, this final edition for 2013 has a strong theme of play, particularly using natural materials to provide a myriad of learning opportunities for young children. A family day care educator shares how she has embraced the Early Years Learning Framework and recognised the focus on learning through play with practical ideas. Her article complements John Mewburn Centre’s journey of developing a program to support sustainability. Director, Nicole White describes how staff came to embrace a ‘Mud Day’, the challenges and the realisation that the opportunities afforded by such an experience are manifold. The statement,“There is no bad weather, just different kinds of weather..”, indicates that children’s learning is central. With digital media increasing, mobile devices and internet use in Australia is reported as extremely high, and there are differing perspectives relating to the use of digital technology in the early years. The Early Years Learning Framework highlights the importance of young children using and accessing digital technology, and values technology as a significant avenue for promoting communication, and for children learning about their worlds. The article by Professor Susan Danby shares a research project on the mobile technologies in young children’s everyday worlds. Two extracts from parent interviews share how the use of technology is managed in a practical sense, and how the use is interwoven into everyday life.This is a thought-provoking article - for both educators, and families. Also featured is a new resource, Deadly Cards, commissioned by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council, and informed and developed by the work of the Deadly River Sisters. Having recently experienced the use of these cards, the images and provocations certainly stimulated reflection and conversation to enhance awareness and understanding of our nation’s first people. This is a ‘must have’ resource to support respectful connections and build cultural awareness. The article by Freya Lucas reports on a recent study tour to New Zealand to explore the use of Learning Stories within early childhood settings and how the Mindset work of Carol Dweck has influenced the exploration of one particular Kindergarten. The article describes two mindsets or beliefs about our learning ability. It challenges a fixed mindset, versus a growth mindset, and presents key considerations for educators in terms of viewing children in these ways. In this edition, Gowrie Australia acknowledges a significant milestone for Early Childhood Australia – 75 years of advocacy and commitment to the rights and interests of young children. To celebrate this anniversary, ECA has published its history, highlighting the impact of the organisation. The publication also documents the strong relationship between the Lady Gowrie Centres and Early Childhood Australia during the establishment of the Gowrie Centres, and beyond. Finally, with summer not yet with us, already bushfires have devastated areas of New South Wales. Many schools, preschools and child care centres were evacuated at the height of the fires, but thankfully no lives were lost. To our friends and colleagues affected by the fires, our thoughts are with you, your families and indeed the broader community. Until next time, Ros Cornish on behalf of Gowrie Australia Natalie Grenfell – Gowrie NSW Andrew Hume – Gowrie Victoria Jane Bourne – The Gowrie (QLD) Inc Kaye Colmer – Gowrie SA Tonia Westmore – The Gowrie (WA) Inc Ros Cornish – Lady Gowrie Tasmania GOWRIE CEOs 20 Back Cover - National & International Conference Updates 6 Access an e-copy of Reflections at: www.gowrie-brisbane.com.au www.gowriesa.org.au www.gowriensw.com.au www.gowrie-tas.com.au www.gowrievictoria.org.au www.gowrie-wa.com.au Reflection on Global Citizenship and Developing a Sustainable Future 5 75 Years of Early Childhood Australia 10 Who needs toys? 9 “Deadly” means cool, awesome, wicked! 4 Message from the Hon Sussan Ley Federal Assistant Minister for Education 12 A Mindset for Learning: using a growth mindset within early childhood 14 18 Community Arts in Early Childhood Smart Phones and Tablets in the Early Years reflections.issue53_Layout 1 11/11/13 2:26 PM Page 3
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