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Teaching Early Years


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List of tables and figures Contributors Foreword Preface Acknowledgements PART I: THE CONTEXT OF EARLY YEARS LEARNING 1 Early years in Australia 2 The importance of early years education 3 The nature of the early years learner 4 The nurture of the early years learner PART II: CURRICULUM PRACTICES FOR THE EARLY YEARS 5 Literacy 6 Numeracy 7 Science 8 The arts 9 Digital technology 10 Health and physical education PART III: PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICES FOR THE EARLY YEARS 11 Play-based learning 12 Transitions 13 Partnerships 14 Social and emotional well-being 15 Diversity and differentiation 16 Gifted and talented children PART IV: ASSESSMENT PRACTICES FOR THE EARLY YEARS 17 Assessment and culture 18 Assessment PART V: IMPERATIVES FOR THE EARLY YEARS 19 Professionalism and leadership 20 Evidence-based practice 21 Gender 22 Communities of practice Index

About the Author

PROFESSOR DONNA PENDERGAST is Dean and Head, School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. DR SUSANNE GARVIS is an early childhood lecturer at Griffith University.


'This new early childhood text provides a comprehensive overview of early childhood education in Australia for children from birth to eight years. It reports on a wide variety of significant early childhood topics and is written in a style directed towards early childhood professionals.' - Kim Walters, President, Early Childhood Teachers Association.

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