The Cost of Quality and Coherence: An Investigation of Early Childhood Teacher Workloads

By Danielle Twigg and Susanne Garvis.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In Australia, profound changes are occurring in relation to early childhood education. The introduction of a National Quality Reform Agenda by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in July 2010 has developed a National Quality Standard to improve the quality of early childhood education and care in states and territories across the country. Concurrently, Australian education is in the midst of the roll-out of its first national curriculum. The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) was established in December 2008 and charged with the task of improving the coherence and quality of curriculum, assessment and reporting across Australia. The convergence of these two major reform agendas at this point in time have had significant implications for early childhood professionals in Australia. Recently, a pilot study of early childhood teachers employed in the state of Queensland (Kindergarten – Year 3) was conducted. The purpose of the study was to better understand the way in which the national reform agendas in the areas of curriculum are impacting current teaching practices and workloads. This paper presents the findings from this study in light of the literature, and highlights key issues arising from the research.

Keywords: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Workloads, Australia

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 8, pp.55-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 790.812KB).

Dr. Danielle Twigg

Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Mount Gravatt, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Danielle Twigg has recently been appointed as Lecturer to the School of Education and Professional Studies (Brisbane, Logan) following careers as an Early Years teacher and researcher in both Australia and North America. Danielle has worked as Senior Program Officer for the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care, Department of Education and Training (Queensland Government) on strategic initiatives in relation to achieving universal access to quality kindergarten program for all Queensland children.

Dr. Susanne Garvis

Queensland, Australia


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