ACER's research in early childhood education and the early years of schooling addresses school readiness, literacy, numeracy, and science, curriculum and standards development, quality and equity, teaching and learning, and assessment.

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Events from 2022

Assessment in the early years: A symposium about measurement, applications and going to scale, Dan Cloney, Kellie Picker, David Jeffries, Sarah Groom, Mary-Ruth Mendel, Eric Brace, Myra Geddes, and Lisa Palethorpe

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Evidence-informed early language and literacy practice: Implementation of a new formative assessment for early language and literacy development, Sarah Groom, Mary-Ruth Mendel, Eric Brace, and Philippa Pryor

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Infographic: Language and cognitive skills in the early years, Zoe Kaskamanidis

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Strengthening playful practices in the classroom, Rachel Parker and Amy Berry

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Whole Child Development: Measuring what matters, Pina Tarricone, Yung Nietschke, and Kylie Hillman

Events from 2021

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Developing an assessment of oral language and literacy: Measuring growth in the early years, Dan Cloney and Kellie Picker

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Indi Kindi: ACER’s Rapid Review, Pina Tarricone, Ian Teo, and David Jeffries

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Investigating the impact of learning through play at school, Rachel Parker

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Research Snapshot: UNICEF Philippines Early Childhood Education Kindergarten to Grade 4 Longitudinal Study, Rachel Parker, Jacqueline H. S. Cheng, Prue Anderson, Dan Cloney, and Adeola Monty

Submissions from 2020

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Assessment of children as connected with and contributing to their world in Early Childhood Education and Care: Literature review, Kate Noble, Jen Jackson, and Pru Mitchell

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Assessment of children as having a strong sense of identity in Early Childhood Education and Care: Literature review, Jen Jackson, Kate Noble, Danielle Anzai, Pru Mitchell, and Dan Cloney

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Connection and contribution practice guide, Kate Noble, Jen Jackson, and Pru Mitchell

Early years transitions, Sue Dockett and Bob Perry

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Identity Practice Guide, Jen Jackson, Kate Noble, Pru Mitchell, and Dan Cloney

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Reviewing professional development programs on inclusive teaching and learning, Syeda Kashfee Ahmed, Petra Lietz, David Jeffries, and Anannya Chakraborty

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Science in the early years: Concept cartoons as monitoring tools. Educator resource, Australian Council for Educational Research

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Science in the early years: Exploring mixtures. Educator resource, Australian Council for Educational Research

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Science in the early years: Floating and sinking. Educator resource, Australian Council for Educational Research

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Science in the early years: Light and shadows. Educator resource, Australian Council for Educational Research

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Science in the early years: Monitoring science understandings: Checklists for AC Foundation – Year 2, Australian Council for Educational Research

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Science in the early years: Monitoring science understandings. Checklists for EYLF outcomes, Australian Council for Educational Research

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Science in the early years. Paper 1: Early years science and integration, Christine Rosicka and Gayl O'Connor

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Science in the early years. Paper 2: Science inquiry skills, Gayl O'Connor and Christine Rosicka

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Science in the early years. Paper 3: Monitoring children's learning, Christine Rosicka and Gayl O'Connor

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Science in the early years. Paper 4: Educator facilitation, Gayl O'Connor and Christine Rosicka

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Science in the early years: Plant treasure hunt. Educator resource, Australian Council for Educational Research

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Survey of Teachers in Pre-primary Education (STEPP): Lessons from the implementation of the pilot study and field trial of international survey instruments, Syeda Kashfee Ahmed, Maurice Walker, and Yoshie Kaga

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Using picture books to reduce maths anxiety, Sarah Buckley

Submissions from 2019

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Assessment of children as confident and involved learners in Early Childhood Education and Care: Literature review, Dan Cloney, Jen Jackson, and Pru Mitchell

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Children’s mental health – an asset for learning, Dan Cloney and Meredith O'Connor

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Effective child-focused education and nurturing care interventions, Jen Jackson, Syeda Kashfee Ahmed, Toby Carslake, and Petra Lietz

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Fostering early literacy in PNG, Dan Cloney

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Improving young children's learning in economically developing countries: What works, why, and where? Scoping review, Jen Jackson, Syeda Kashfee Ahmed, Toby Carslake, and Petra Lietz

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Income supplementation interventions in economically developing countries, Jen Jackson, Syeda Kashfee Ahmed, Toby Carslake, and Petra Lietz

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Is Little J and Big Cuz suitable for children in preschool? Case study 6: Wulagi Family Centre, Wulagi School, Kathryn Moyle

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Learning Practice Guide, Jen Jackson, Kate Noble, Jeanne Marie Iorio, Dan Cloney, and Pru Mitchell

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Learning through play at school: A study of playful integrated pedagogies that foster children’s holistic skills development in the primary school classroom, Rachel Parker and Bo Stjerne Thomsen

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Learning through play beyond the early years, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Little J & Big Cuz – supporting successful transitions to school, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Measurement of young children's learning for program evaluation, Jen Jackson, Syeda Kashfee Ahmed, Toby Carslake, and Petra Lietz

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Measuring young children’s long-term development, Adeola Monty and Rachel Parker

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Parent-focused interventions in economically developing countries, Jen Jackson, Syeda Kashfee Ahmed, Toby Carslake, and Petra Lietz

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Preparing socially and emotionally for preschool with Little J and Big Cuz: Case study 2: One Tree Community Centre Yera Children's service, Kathryn Moyle

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Teaching early literacy through play, Dan Cloney and Kellie Picker

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The Research Files Episode 54: Questions during shared book reading in the early years, Rebecca Vukovic

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Using evidence to make a difference to young children’s learning, Syeda Kashfee Ahmed

Submissions from 2018

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Buk bilong Pikinini Literacy Program Evaluation 2018: Evaluation Report, Dan Cloney and Prue Anderson

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From inspiration to award win: Little J & Big Cuz’s journey to the Logies, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Improving access to pre-primary education for all in Indonesia, Dan Cloney, Budiarti Rahayu, and Fitria Anggriani

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Measuring parent engagement, Sheldon Rothman, Clare Ozolins, and Jo Doyle

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Miss Chen’s blog: Literacy in the early years, Rebecca Vukovic

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Research Conference 2018 closes in Sydney, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Submissions from 2017

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A positive start: Using television to support Indigenous learning, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Developing a strategy for quality pre-primary education for all and parenting education for ECCE - Policy options and road map, David Harding, Isabella Tirtowalujo, Sheldon Shaeffer, Dan Cloney, Gutama, Burhanuddin, Nurlaila Nuzulul Qurany, Widarmi Wijana, and Trevino Pakasi

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Early years transitions: supporting children and families at risk of experiencing vulnerability: rapid literature review, Jacynta Krakouer, Pru Mitchell, Jenny Trevitt, and Anita Kochanoff

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Leading age-appropriate pedagogies in the early years of school, Beverley R. Fluckiger, Julie Dunn, Madonna Stinson, and Elizabeth Wheeley

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Little J and Big Cuz coming soon to classrooms, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Looking for the X factors in Indigenous early education, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Measuring Indigenous childhood development in remote Australia, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Miss Chen’s blog: Traditional Indigenous games in preschool, Rebecca Vukovic

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Quality is key in early childhood education in Australia, Kate Torii, Stacey Fox, and Dan Cloney

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Supporting the early years transitions of vulnerable children, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Submissions from 2016

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Aboriginal Early Childhood Education: Why attendance and true engagement are equally important, Jacynta Krakouer

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Childhood trauma : Developmental pathways and implications for the classroom, Mollie Tobin

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Counting on it : Early numeracy development and the preschool child, Kate Reid

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Do the math: Preschool numeracy development, Kate Reid

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Everybody counts: Maths teaching for children with Down syndrome, ACER

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Fostering Understanding of Early Numeracy Development, Kate Reid and Nicola Andrews

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How to foster early numeracy skill development, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Literature Review relating to the current context and discourse surrounding Indigenous Early Childhood Education, School Readiness and Transition Programs to Primary School, Jacynta Krakouer

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Little J and Big Cuz ready for school, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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School ready: A good start for all children, Geoff N. Masters

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Studying early childhood education in the Philippines, Amanda Taylor

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Supporting traumatised children in the classroom, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Victorian Teacher Supply and Demand Report 2012 and 2013, Paul R. Weldon, Chandra Shah, and Glenn Rowley

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Working together: The UIS and ACER collaborate to advance education, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Submissions from 2015

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Group-based solutions risk ignoring individuality, ACER

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Innovative research classroom to help discover the science of learning, ACER

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Long-term impact: Early childhood education in the Philippines, Rachel Parker

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Teaching reading in the early years, Prue Anderson

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The cure for early grades assessment difficulties? Take a tablet, Maurice Walker

Submissions from 2014

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Growth in literacy and numeracy in the early years, Marion Meiers and Kate Reid

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Literacy learning in the early years, Marion Meiers

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Planning for learning in the early years, Marion Meiers

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The Early Grade Reading Assessment: Assessing children's acquisition of basic literacy skills in developing countries (superseded version), Australian Council for Educational Research

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The ‘essence’ of effective teaching, ACER

Submissions from 2013

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Footprints in Time : Who Am I? and Renfrew Word Finding Vocabulary Test : report on wave 2 data, Sarah Buckley, Catherine Underwood, and Nola Purdie

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Literacy and numeracy interventions in the early years of schooling : a literature review : report to the Ministerial Advisory Group on Literacy and Numeracy, Marion Meiers, Kate Reid, Phillip McKenzie, and Suzanne Mellor

Submissions from 2012

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Evaluation of the assessment and rating process under the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care, Sheldon Rothman, David Kelly, Bridie Raban, Mollie Tobin, Jocelyn Cook, Kate O’Malley, Clare Ozolins, and Meredith Bramich

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Starting school : a strengths‐based approach towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, Stephanie Armstrong, Sarah Buckley, Michele Lonsdale, Gina Milgate, Laura Bennetts Kneebone, Louise Cook, and Fiona Skelton

Submissions from 2011

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A new era in early years learning, Bridie Raban

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Current requirements for tertiary qualifications in early childhood education : implications for policy : final report, Glenn Rowley, Julie Kos, Bridie Raban, Marilyn Fleer, Joy Cullen, and Alison Elliott

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Enhancing education, Sheldon Rothman, David Slattery, Sarah Buckley, and John Ainley

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Success in the early years for remote Indigenous children., Georgie Nutton

Submissions from 2010

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Content fundamentals for a TV show aimed at Indigenous children aged 3 to 6: a literature review and discussion paper, David Norris

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Lifelong effects of attendance at Kindergarten Union preschools in South Australia, Katina D'Onise, John W. Lynch, and Robyn A. McDermott

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Using television to improve learning opportunities for Indigenous Children, Michele Lonsdale

Submissions from 2009

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Literacy and numeracy diagnostic tools : an evaluation, Margaret Forster

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Preschool Education in Australia, Andrew Dowling and Kate O’Malley

Submissions from 2008

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A Longitudinal Investigation of Literacy Achievement and Development in the First Three Years of School, Marion Meiers