Adelaide:Who or What has Agency in the Early Years?

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Immanuel Primary School

Novar Gardens

SA 5040


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Who or what has agency in the early years?

Examining the role of the teacher, the learner, the curriculum, the community and the environment in an agentic classroom.

Workshop Description:

Early Years settings around the world have become increasingly aware of the concept of agency in recent years. Largely heralded as children's voice, choice and ownership in learning, agency is a complex construct which requires deep thought, rigorous investigation and intentional action. When seeing children as 'agents of their own learning' rather than 'undergoers' of experience (Bandura, 2011) we open the door to new understandings of the rich and complex relationships between children, teachers, environments and curriculum. Examining the interplay between agency and experience builds important provocations for the role of the teacher, the participation of children and communities and the co-construction of learning.

Participants will:

Work collaboratively to explore:

•The role of the early years teacher

•The relationship between agency, participation and engagement

•Considerations for agentic early years classrooms

•The way agency shapes the lived experience and supports children's participation, theory building and meaning making


Educators, Curriculum Managers and Administrators working in the Early Years (Children aged 0-6)

Workshop Presenter: Fiona Zinn

Fiona Zinn is an Early Childhood, Primary and Tertiary Educator with over 25 years experience in teaching and leadership within Australia and abroad. She has been a Committee Member of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange and a PYP Workshop Leader/Curriculum Developer with the International Baccalaureate since 2004. For the past decade, Fiona has lectured at The University of Melbourne as part of the Masters in International Education (International Baccalaureate) and regularly leads pedagogical workshops for teachers around the world.

Since 2005, Fiona has participated in several International and Australian curriculum writing teams. She is currently contracted to the Tasmanian Education Department to design and implement a shared research project titled ‘Refocusing Teaching and Learning in the Early Years’ across 50 Tasmanian Primary Schools and Child and Family Centres.

Fiona’s work finds a resonance with the educational philosophy of Reggio Emilia and also the research that underpins the Positive Psychology movement; she seeks to enhance her educational collaborations drawing on these two philosophies.

Fiona enjoys innovation, building vision and working collaboratively with teachers to re-energise their pedagogy, re-invigorate learning environments and enhance educational possibilities for children.

Workshop Timings:

Saturday 25 May

8.30 - 9.00 Introduction to the conference

9.00 - 10.30 Session One

10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)

11.00 - 1.00 Session Two

1.00 - 1.45 Lunch (lunch provided)

1.45 - 3.45 Session Three

Sunday 26 May

8.30 - 10.30 Session Four

10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)

11.00 - 12.30 Session Five (conclusion of workshop)


All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.


Early Bird Fee: US$350

Registration fee after the 25 January 2019:US$380.00

Registration fee after the 25 March 2019:US$410.00

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 25 April 2019 or earlier if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed.

Workshop Participation

If Innovative Global Education is informed by 25 April 2019 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 25 April 2019 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.

If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop,

Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from school or participant.

Accommodation Information

The following is suggested accommodation near the school.

Stamford Grand Glenelg


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