Recently in Australia there has been a shift towards the increased use of formal early childhood
education and care services. Federal, state and territory policy makers have responded with reform
agendas designed to improve the quality of early childhood education and care. There are few studies
that provide insights into community perceptions of current initiatives in early childhood education
policy and their perceived effectiveness with families. This study begins to address this void by
examining the perceptions of the community - identified as parents through textual inclusions - with
regard to early childhood education and care policies. Data were 199 posts to an online forum in
response to an opinion piece about early childhood education. The following key themes were identified
in the forum posts: the importance of child care; brain research and early childhood; and, challenges
balancing career and family. Findings provide an insight into current issues relevant to early childhood
policies in Australia, from the perspective of a self-selected group of community members, in response
to an issue related to care and early childhood.
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Call for Papers
Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE)
Special Issue Deadline: January 15, 2016
Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE) is an official publication of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) that is dedicated to disseminating and supporting research in early childhood education within the Pacific area.
APJRECE is released three times a year in January, May, and September. In 2016, the second issue of Volume 10 will be a special issue. The topic for the special issue is “Power of Play in Young Children’s Growth and Learning”. The Guest Editor for the special issue is Dr. Wonyoung Rhee, Professor Emerita at Chung-Ang University, Korea.
We are seeking reports of current research on this topic, papers that address issues in the application of play research, and papers that review a specific research area of young children’s play and are especially informative about studies needed to fill knowledge gaps. The manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted online by January 15, 2016, following the guidelines described on the journal website. Please visit the homepage of Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (www.apjrece.com,www.pecerajournal.com), and you will find not only full details on aims and scope, editorial policy, and paper submission but the orange colored button, named Manuscript Management System of APJRECE, for paper submission.
We hope you will seriously consider APJRECE for your scholarship.