Academic journal article Australian Journal of Early Childhood

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Journal of Early Childhood

Editorial

Article excerpt

The first issue of the journal for 2003 focused on researching young children in early childhood settings. This second unthemed issue adds to our understandings of this area by providing us with a range of research papers--with many different approaches to research.

This issue of the journal begins with a paper by Jill Robbins on a new approach to researching young children's thinking. Her paper emphasises the need to avoid a deficit, normative view of children and illustrates how a more respectful research relationship can generate richer insights into what children know. Leonie Arthur, Bronwyn Beecher, Cathie Harrison and Christine Morandini in their paper also explore children's thinking. However, their focus is on creating effective learning communities. They argue that through thoughtful planning, where cross-cultural and cross-modern perspectives are central to people's thinking, long-held assumptions about children and childhood are challenged and new ways of conceptualising learning are possible.

In another article focusing on children, Peter de Vries explores young children's responses to a variety of pre-recorded music in a range of settings. This research paper shows that children who listened to music with their eyes closed responded quite differently than in any other type of context.

With an increasingly greater understanding about learning being generated, leadership to harness these insights is needed. Margot Boardman reports on a survey of early childhood teachers and leaders about the nature and diversity of challenges facing leaders with responsibilities in preschool and the early years of school.

Leadership across different education sectors is also an important issue for debate and investigation. …

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