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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 55 Winter 2014
4 In an era of increasing accountabilities in education, parents and educators alike feel the pressures of preparing children for life. The trajectory of preparedness - for kindergarten, for primary school, for high school, for tertiary studies, or as citizens helping Australia to take its place in a global economy - permeates the media and educational policy, and contributes to the pressures that impact on the everyday life of parents and educators. In trying to do what is in the best interests of their children, parents are bombarded with a plethora of ideas about what children should or could be doing. The implication being that those who ignore the latest form of 'edutainment' or new best idea, are somehow lacking as responsible parents. Conversely, parents who traverse the complex and often contradictory perspectives about education promoted through the media, can become overwhelmed by the pressure to introduce formal educational practices into young children's lives. When such situations occur it is often educators working with young children who feel the flow on effects of pressures to formalise and change their pedagogical practices. Finding a Balanced Approach to Early Language and Literacy Learning and Development Sandra Grant PhD Student Queensland University of Technology
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