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Researching Early Childhood Education: Blurring the Lines


Strengthening the connection between research and practice enhances our collective capacity to enrich learning as we blur the lines between the research and practice dichotomy. We are pleased to offer our members and friends an opportunity to connect with some of the current research being undertaken by Victorian early childhood researchers and practitioners. We will be joined by speakers, including the recipient of the 2017 Doctoral Thesis Award who will share with us their thinking and invite us to explore new ideas and practical understandings.

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Dr Caroline Cohrssen – The University of Melbourne

Caroline is a senior lecturer (teaching and research) on the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) and (Early Childhood & Primary) streams at The University of Melbourne. Caroline’s doctoral research, positioned within the E4Kids Study, focussed on quality interactions for mathematics teaching and learning with children aged from three to five years. Her current research focuses on mathematics teaching and learning in the years prior to school, from the home learning environment to the incorporation of an embedded mathematics focus in informal, preschool programs. In 2017, she is collaborating with the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority in the development of supplementary resources to augment the mapping of the revised Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (DET, 2016) to the Victorian Curriculum F-10 to support child transitions and content area learning continua.

Presentation - Mapping the route to school: Understanding children’s demonstrations of spatial thinking

Early childhood educators often prioritize the development of counting and learning the names of shapes. However, children have the capacity to demonstrate abstract spatial concepts, both verbally and non-verbally. This presentation will draw on a corpus of data collected over a six-week collaborative project that focused on what appears to be a non-mathematical topic, namely ‘Starting School’. The focus in this presentation will be on a learning experience during which children, having expert knowledge, drew maps of the route from their home to their new school. Attention will be drawn to the blurring of lines between assessment and teaching, emphasizing the critical role played by in-the-moment formative assessment and teacher sensitivity to children’s demonstrated mathematical competence.


Rukmini Bose-Rahman and Tara Hart - Monash Caulfield Child Care Centre

Rukmini (centre director) and Tara (educational leader), are committed to the process of understanding the links between research and practice and what this means for their education setting. Professional development at the Bastow Leadership Program, as well as DET's Leadership for Community Engagement has strengthened these ideas as they learned about the methods of action research.

Presentation - Bringing research alive in the everyday of ECEC

This presentation will provide an overview of how research is used in the education setting. The speakers will highlight how they have been engaged with external academic research projects, how they use the language and processes of research and provide practical examples of how they engaged with action research.



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Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017

Time: 5:45pm Arrival

6.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: University of Melbourne Graduate School.

Kwong Lee Dow Building, Lecture Theatre Q.230, Second Floor

234 Queensberry Street, 3010.

https://maps.unimelb.edu.au/parkville/building/263

Cost: ECA Members FREE

Non-Members $33.00

**Light refreshments provided

Please forward any dietary requirements to ecavic@earlychildhood.org.au


For further information please contact Caroline Woods, Senior Project Officer at Early Childhood Australia – Victoria Branch via ecavic@earlychildhood.org.au

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