Stakeholders, networks and links in early childhood policy: Network analysis and the transition to school: position statement

Jake Wallis, Susan Dockett

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Abstract

The importance of a positive start to school has been highlighted in a range of national and international research. This has stimulated considerable ongoing research attention, as well as initiatives across policy and practice, all with the aim of promoting a positive transition to school for all children. Despite the common interests across these sectors, the links and/or relationships between and among research, policy and practice remain unclear. This article maps the potential
online users of the Transition to School: Position Statement – a document developed collaboratively by researchers, policymakers and practitioners – and organisations whose ambit includes transition to school. Using network analysis, the authors identify the online network of stakeholders involved in the field of early childhood and the links between these, before considering how such links might influence discourse and policy formation around transition to school. The analysis highlights weak cross-sectoral links and online networks dominated by government departments and agencies. Implications of these results are explored and the potential for digital research methods in research about transition to school is considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-354
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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