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Integrated practice in the early years in Australia: The assumptions, omissions and contradictions of policy reform

Macfarlane, Kym, Nolan, Andrea and Cartmel, Jennifer 2014, Integrated practice in the early years in Australia: The assumptions, omissions and contradictions of policy reform, Journal of early childhood research, vol. Online, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1177/1476718X14552872.

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Title Integrated practice in the early years in Australia: The assumptions, omissions and contradictions of policy reform
Author(s) Macfarlane, Kym
Nolan, AndreaORCID iD for Nolan, Andrea orcid.org/0000-0003-3519-6317
Cartmel, Jennifer
Journal name Journal of early childhood research
Volume number Online
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-12-17
ISSN 1476-718X
1741-2927
Keyword(s) assumptions
contradictions
early childhood education and care
integration
transdisciplinary
Summary The aim of this article is to examine current national early years’ policy reform, which emphasises the importance of service integration, national quality standards and a quality knowledge base for educators concerning the provision of early childhood education and care. Using Queensland, Australia, as an example, a policy discourse analysis identifies two problematics of implementing current national policy – the early childhood education and care problematic and the integration problematic. The article argues that speedy implementation of a national policy in order to meet national targets has unintended consequences for the knowledge base of educators and the possibility of collaboration within service provision. Although government commitment in this area is evident, these consequences and the current difficulties surrounding integration are the result of the lack of a specific integration strategy, and government investment focussed on the development of an integrated workforce.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1476718X14552872
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073717

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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