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April 2012 Graduation photo' are now on the Alumni facebook page. 
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Children and Childhoods 2: Images of Childhood

Decisions relating to children's lives, including formation of policies about children and young people, advocating for children's rights, educational instruction and parenting, all depend on images of children and childhoods. Nonetheless, prevailing images of childhood are not often subject to critique. more...

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Institute of Early Childhood response to the NSW Department of Education and Communities (2012)

The Institute Advisory Board and the staff of the IEC, prepared a submission responding to the NSW Department of Education and Communities (2012) Great Teaching, Inspired Learning: Discussion paper. In this document, we focused on early childhood teachers and education in the years prior to school - a significant gap in understanding evident throughout this Discussion paper. 

Great Teaching Inspired Learning: Discussion paper

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Musical Childhoods of Asia & the Pacific

Musical Childhoods of Asia and the Pacific agglomerates stories of young children's music and musicking from around Southeast Asia and the Pacific. A collection of truly unique traditions are interrogated through a variety of contemporary methodologies. Readers are privileged to hear about children's musical worlds from children, mothers' musical worlds from mothers, a struggle to engage with music in a closed society, and new gender politics, among other stories. Researchers share experiences and insights gained from applying their chosen methodologies and add to the debate that shapes the continually transforming domain of music education research. more...

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Children, Families and Communities, Fourth Edition

Children, Families and Communities, 4e, looks at the ways in which children, families and communities influence each other and how different contexts affect them all. There is a focus on research and theoretical grounding. Each chapter highlights both the contexts and consequences of the different subject areas. Each chapter highlights both the contexts and consequences of the various topics relating to children's lives. The new edition has been substantially revised to reflect the latest research in the field. There are five new chapters covering: giftedness; Children, media and technology; bullying; children in emergencies; and policy support for children, families and communities. more...

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LEADERSHIP Contexts and Complexities in Early Childhood

Leadership is an essential resource that informs day-to-day pedagogy and management of early childhood organisations. Based on the authors' professional development and research-based activities in a variety of locations including metropolitan, rural and remote regions, the book draws on established professional networks to capture diverse images and experiences of early childhood leaders. more...

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Children and Childhoods 2: Perspectives, Places and Practices

The early years of life are fast gaining prominence around the world. It is well documented that investment in early childhood results in exceptionally high returns in multiple arenas; greater than those resulting from enterprise focused on later periods in people's lives. This book presents current early years research that reflects the transdisciplinary nature of childhood. The first in the Children and Childhoods series, this volume examines multiple perspectives, places and practices that constitute early childhood. more...

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Book Launch: Growing Up Fast and Furious: Reviewing the impacts of violent and sexualised media on children

Psychologist and influential author Prof Steve Biddulph described Growing Up Fast and Furious at its launch on 20 June 2012 as "the definitive book" to review the impacts of violent and sexualised media on children. Co-editors Dr Wayne Warburton and Dr Danya Braunstein were congratulated at the Parliament House launch sponsored by the Honourable Greg Donnelly MLC. NSW Attorney General, the Hon. Greg Smith SC MP, introduced the book, which features chapters by nine experts in the field and grew out of a conference held by the Children and Families Research Centre and the Australian Council on Children and the Media in 2010.

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Future Justice Prize awarded to Alma Fleet

Alma Fleet and Susan Page accepted the Future Justice Prize awarded to the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Services) Program. continued 

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The 3rd Australian Conference on Children and the Media.The corporate takeover of childhood: Who's paying the price? - Friday 9 March 2012

Our society has many ways of convincing children that their happiness, and their very identity, depend on what they buy and what they own. The evidence shows that consumerism doesn't make children happier or healthier. This raises the question: How can we make sure healthy child development is given due consideration in exploitative commercial environments? This conference will explore the issues, review the research and discuss possible remedies. Go to the Children and Families Research Centre website for more information.

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Children and Childhood Symposium: Quality, Pedagogy and the Early Years Learning Framework - Friday 24 February 2012

Researchers and practitioners will be reporting on the development and implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework in areas such as literacy, numeracy, arts and documentation. Go to the Children and Families Research Centre website for more information.

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ARIA Big night for The Wiggles and Boy & Bear

Well-known IEC alumni Anthony Field, Murray Cook and Greg Page are founding members of The Wiggles and met while studying Early Childhood Education. The popular children's music group picked up their 10th best children's album ARIA at last night's awards. and were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. The Wiggles specifically thanked Macquarie University saying that their early research studies "really gave us the basis for what we do". The Wiggles provide a bi-annual financial prize to an Indigenous student studying the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Services).

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Congratulations  to our Honours Students

Six candidates celebrated submitting their Honours thesis on November 10. The production of these works (each about 18 000 words) is the culmination of two years of intensive research training. Everyone completed advanced course work in the third year of their degree and embarked on an individual research project in the fourth year. This year, topics under investigation included children's self efficacy, early childhood teacher identity, selection of child care, water safety, play therapy and interactive white boards. Examiners' noted the exceptional quality of everyone's research. Congratulations to all on a great achievement.

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2011 Scholarship Recipients

The Institute of Early Childhood and Apcarian family are pleased to announce the winner of inaugural Ani Apcarian Memorial Scholarship: Caleb Wilson..Here are the 2011 scholarship winners

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Institute of Early Childhood Research and Community Outreach 2010

Welcome to the inaugural Institute of Early Childhood research and community outreach publication. Presentations, publications and community activities by our academics highlight the Institute's commitment to maximising opportunities for young children, families

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IEC Staff visit Timore Leste

IEC staff, Professor Jacqueline Hayden and Dr Kathy Cologon were recently invited to visit Timore Leste (TL) under the aupices of UNICEF TL and the Open Society Institute, UK.

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Inaugral IEC Children and Childhoods Symposium

The inaugural Children and Childhoods Symposium was held at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, 24 - 25 September 2010. The Symposium provided opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share current research, examples of early years innovative practice and new directions in thinking about children and childhoods.

Conference: Growing up fast and furious: Reviewing the impacts of violent and sexualised media on children

Conference: Growing up fast and furious: Reviewing the impacts of violent and sexualised media on children

Our young people are experiencing a media environment that is increasingly violent, commercialised, and sexualised. Come and hear what the most recent research has to say about the implications of this for them, and for our community.

The Wiggles honoured by Macquarie University

The Wiggles honoured by Macquarie University

The Wiggles, IEC alumni, were awarded an honorary doctorate at our September Graduation

IEC Creative Arts staff in Venice Biennale Project

IEC Creative Arts staff in Venice Biennale Project

Read about Dr Peter Whiteman and Dr Rosalind Kitson's work with the Venice Biennale Project

Higher Degree Research students from the IEC present at the Faculty Showcase

Higher Degree Research students from the IEC present at the Faculty Showcase

Congratulations to IEC HDR students presenting at the Faculty Research Showcase.

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