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Do Master early childhood teacher education programs provide adequate coverage of infants and toddlers?: A review of content

Garvis, Susanne; Manning, Matthew

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In Australia, growth in the demand of early childhood services for young children aged birth to three years has placed increased pressure on the early childhood education sector as new policy stipulates the need for qualified teachers. The new policy has resulted in a growth in Master of Early Childhood Education programs in Australian universities. These programs are designed as initial teacher education programs for people with a non-education Bachelor degree wanting to become a qualified...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGarvis, Susanne
dc.contributor.authorManning, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-14T23:20:23Z
dc.identifier.issn0313-5373
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/103354
dc.description.abstractIn Australia, growth in the demand of early childhood services for young children aged birth to three years has placed increased pressure on the early childhood education sector as new policy stipulates the need for qualified teachers. The new policy has resulted in a growth in Master of Early Childhood Education programs in Australian universities. These programs are designed as initial teacher education programs for people with a non-education Bachelor degree wanting to become a qualified early childhood teacher in 18 months. Little is known about the structure as well as the content of these new programs in their ability to address infants and toddler education. This paper explores 18 postgraduate Master education programs that were approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and listed on their website as at January 2014. Our aim is to examine programs for the amount of content and assessment that focuses on infants and toddlers. Utilising information from program websites and course guides, data was examined using content analysis to reveal the nature and extent of inclusion of learning, focused on infants and toddlers. Four interviews were also conducted with teacher educators. Findings are important for early childhood teacher education in Australia if the overall goal is to improve quality for all children, including the very youngest in education and care.
dc.publisherSchool of Education, Edith Cowan University
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Teacher Education
dc.titleDo Master early childhood teacher education programs provide adequate coverage of infants and toddlers?: A review of content
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume40
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor160506 - Education Policy
local.identifier.absfor130102 - Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
local.identifier.absfor160510 - Public Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB6601
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGarvis, Susanne, University of Gothenburg
local.contributor.affiliationManning, Matthew, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue8
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage164
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage175
local.identifier.doi10.14221/ajte.2015v40n8.10
local.identifier.absseo930501 - Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
local.identifier.absseo930202 - Teacher and Instructor Development
dc.date.updated2016-06-14T08:48:38Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84945246105
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