The interface of the national Australian Curriculum and the pre-Year 1 class in school: Exploring tensions

Anne Petriwskyj, Lyndal O'Gorman, Tuija Turunen

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Abstract

THE AUSTRALIAN STATE-BASED educational system of a national school curriculum that includes a pre-Year 1 Foundation Year has raised questions about the purpose of this year of early education. A document analysis was undertaken across three Australian states, examining three constructions of the pre-Year 1 class and tensions arising from varied perspectives. Tensions have emerged over state based adaptations of the national curriculum, scripted pedagogies for change management, differing ideological perspectives and positioning of stakeholders. The results indicate that since 2012 there has been a shift in constructions of the pre-Year 1 class towards school-based ideologies, especially in Queensland. Accordingly, positioning of children, parents and teachers has also changed. These results resonate with previous international indications of schooling' early education. The experiences of Australian early adopters of the curriculum offer insights for other jurisdictions in Australia and internationally, and raise questions about future development in early years education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalAustralasian Journal of Early Childhood
Volume38
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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