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A cooperative pedagogical program linking preschool and preparatory teachers: a pilot study

Nolan, Andrea, Dunham, Annette, Skouteris, Helen, Edwards, Susan and Small, Jennifer 2016, A cooperative pedagogical program linking preschool and preparatory teachers: a pilot study, Australasian journal of early childhood, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 66-75.


Title A cooperative pedagogical program linking preschool and preparatory teachers: a pilot study
Author(s) Nolan, Andrea
Dunham, Annette
Skouteris, Helen
Edwards, Susan
Small, Jennifer
Journal name Australasian journal of early childhood
Volume number 41
Issue number 3
Start page 66
End page 75
Total pages 10
Publisher Early Childhood Australia
Place of publication Watson, A.C.T.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1836-9391
Summary THE TRANSITION TO FORMAL schooling is a significant milestone for young children and their families. Congruence between an early childhood setting and school experience is known to impact on children’s positive start to school. Despite policy efforts at the Victorian state level, preschool educators and Foundation teachers do not have a strong understanding of the curriculum, pedagogical and assessment practices used in the alternate setting. This paper reports on the ‘Alliance Project’ that sought to support preschool educators and Foundation teachers to work cooperatively to better understand each other’s practices. Drawing from sociocultural theory, the Alliance Project employed an interventionist methodology to work with preschool educator and Foundation teacher pairings on a joint planning initiative. Participants on the Alliance Project gained increased familiarity with the alternate setting’s curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices, and an increased capacity to work cooperatively across both settings to address the needs of transitioning children.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
1301 Education Systems
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Early Childhood Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087880

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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