Frameworks for learning and development (5th ed)

Features

  • End of chapter Q & A — ideal for class discussion and provide an opportunity for trainers to assess students understanding and application of content
  • Scenarios throughout the text – these provide practical examples, explore common issues and problems and enable students to link theory to practice
  • Resources for instructor’s support include testbank, additional cases, competency based activity sheets; provide homework setting options and more scenarios for students. NEW intermediate mapping grid included on instructor companion site to demonstrate the texts correlation with the competencies.

About the author

Karen Kearns M. Ed. (EC), B. Ed. (EC), Grad. Dip. Ed. (Spec. Ed) Dip. Teach (EC), Cert. IV Training and Assessment. Karen is an early childhood professional and CEO of International Child Care college. Karen believes that being an educator/teacher in early childhood settings is both challenging and rewarding. A long-time advocate for educators, Karen is passionate about the importance of supporting educators in their critical role with young children and families.

Professionalism, paperwork and pedagogy: Leading professional practice in long day care

Jane Bourne

As an early childhood professional, Jane Bourne has taught and led within diverse early childhood education and care settings. She is currently the CEO of C&K Childcare & Kindergarten, the largest provider of community-based early childhood education and care services in Queensland. Jane is also the President of ECA’s Queensland Branch.

Jane’s extensive experience has allowed her to pursue her passion for creating leadership models that inspire and promote the best outcomes for children, families and staff.

 

Professor Karen Thorpe

Karen Thorpe is Deputy Director-Research at the Institute for Social Science Research where she also leads the Childhood Development, Education and Care research group. Her research focus is early childhood education and care environments, particularly the interplay of quality and the workforce. In 2013 and 2019 she was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review for the impact her research has had on educational and family policy.

 

Associate Professor Susan Irvine

Susan Irvine is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology. Her diverse work experience in the sector includes leadership roles in early childhood education and care service provision, policy and higher education.

Her current research is focused on early childhood education and care policy, leadership and workforce development.

Managing challenging exchanges – responding professionally

Jennifer Ribarovski has more than 30 years’ experience in the education and care sector. Through her work as State Operations Manager for the NSW Regulatory Authority and Senior Advisor for the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, she played a key role in the implementation of the National Quality Framework. Jennifer also worked with state and territory governments on national policy related to the framework and helped train authorised officers in assessing and rating centres against the National Quality Standard.

Currently, Jennifer is the Managing Director of JR Education Consulting Services and provides support, guidance and professional development to education and care professionals nationally and internationally. She has a unique ability to translate educational theory into practice in accessible ways and has delivered professional development sessions to more than 10,000 educators across Australia.

Jennifer is also currently working with the University of Sydney on the design and delivery of study units for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in early childhood education. In 2020, Jennifer co-authored the book Professional Communication for Early Childhood Educators with Dr Marianne Fenech to address a significant gap in the literature and help students and practising educators develop interpersonal and workplace communication skills.

Jennifer’s educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree and a Master of Educational Leadership and Management degree with distinction.

Supporting language development in the early years

After completing this module, you will have an understanding of

  • the development of the brain between birth and six years
  • language skill development from birth
  • the role of language in shaping identity, and the importance of language for children, educators and carers, and
  • bilingual and multilingual language development and how to support this within ECEC.

Suitable for early childhood education and care professionals at all stages of their careers.

Completing Supporting language development in the early years will contribute 1 hour of PD addressing standard 2.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.  Continue reading Supporting language development in the early years

Child Development in Educational Settings

Child Development in Educational Settings provides a comprehensive introduction to traditional and contemporary theories of development and learning in the contexts of early childhood and primary education. Drawing upon the experiences and perspectives of children, families, educators and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars, Marilyn Fleer provides insights into significant theories and approaches, including cultural-historical, constructivist, social constructivist, maturational and ecological systems. The book features four major case studies, which are revisited throughout, to examine how learning and development can be re-imagined within socially, culturally and linguistically diverse communities. This approach enables readers to use theories to analyse and measure learning and development in planning and curriculum, and to feel empowered to enact change in their educational settings. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Child Development in Educational Settings is an essential resource for pre-service teachers and professionals alike.

  • Provides a fresh, new approach to studying child development and learning
  • Focuses on significant contemporary theories and diverse perspectives to build a deep understanding of development and learning in culturally diverse contexts
  • Four major case studies illustrate learning and development within socially, culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Frameworks for learning and development (4th ed)

Features

  • End of chapter Q & A — ideal for class discussion and provide an opportunity for trainers to assess students understanding and application of content
  • Scenarios throughout the text – these provide practical examples, explore common issues and problems and enable students to link theory to practice
  • NEW to this edition resources for instructor’s support include testbank, additional cases, competency based activity sheets; provide homework setting options and more scenarios for students. NEW intermediate mapping grid included on instructor companion site to demonstrate the texts correlation with the competencies.
  • NEW to this edition for students – student companion website – CourseMate Express with interactive labelling activities, online research activities, quizzes, provide extension activities beyond the classroom.

About the author

Karen Kearns M. Ed. (EC), B. Ed. (EC), Grad. Dip. Ed. (Spec. Ed) Dip. Teach (EC), Cert. IV Training and Assessment. Karen is an early childhood professional and CEO of International Child Care college. Karen believes that being an educator/teacher in early childhood settings is both challenging and rewarding. A long-time advocate for educators, Karen is passionate about the importance of supporting educators in their critical role with young children and families.

Exploring Science with Young Children: A Developmental Perspective

About the authors

Terry Russell is emeritus professor at the University of Liverpool. He is a psychologist by background and training with a special interest in cognitive development as applied to the learning of science at all ages, but especially the younger age range. He taught in primary and secondary special needs schools and worked as an educational psychologist before finding opportunities into move into research. He has worked in Southeast Asia and Africa and at King’s College, London and directed the Centre for Research in Primary Science and Technology at the University of Liverpool for over twenty years. He has directed national and international projects and published extensively. This book reflects his commitment to evidence-based activity that improves teachers’ and pupils’ educational experiences, where theory informs practice through practical and accessible applications.

Dr Linda McGuigan has an established record of research into the emergence and development of science understanding in the Early Years. Formerly a primary teacher and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Primary Science and Technology at the University of Liverpool, Linda has conducted and managed research into children’s conceptual development in science, assessment and curriculum development. Attracting national and international interest, her work has been funded by national assessment and curriculum agencies. She has co-authored a number of books, reports, articles and digital and hard copy materials to support Early Years practice. Focusing on children’s conceptual progression, she brings a developmental perspective to science learning, teaching and assessment. Linda’s PhD investigated the impact of multimodal approaches on children’s science learning.  Multimodal learning continues to be an important feature of her research and professional development activities.

In the beginning: The brain, early development and learning

In the Beginning: The brain, early development and learning explores, synthesises and distils current knowledge of child development at the cutting edge of neuroscientific research.

With exceptional clarity, the author draws on empirical evidence to explain the brain’s remarkable capacity to change. From pre-conception to birth, and throughout the preschool and early school years, the importance of the environment and, most crucially, the presence of nurturing relationships will powerfully impact children’s lives. These critical factors will influence the innate ability of children to regulate their emotional responses, develop language skills, form social connections and fulfil their potential.

At once compelling and authoritative, In the Beginning provides a wealth of information for a diverse readership—including early childhood educators, health professionals, teachers and parents—with a shared interest in how the brain evolves, and how life’s experiences can dramatically shape the child.

Language and Literacy Professional Learning Bundle

The ECA Professional Learning Bundles are designed as blended, flexible and self-paced professional learning packages that can be utilised by individuals or teams. Publications can be shared with families and across educator’s teams, webcasts can be viewed with whole teams in staff meetings and online learning modules can be utilised by individual educators. Once purchased services will have access to the online learning for 12 months and will also gain access to the ECA Learning Management System (LMS) to track professional learning and download or print completion certificates. Publications are the services to keep and can be revisited over and over supporting learning and building understanding over time.