2014, Volume 17, Special Issue: Early Childhood Policy

Supporting Participation of Indigenous Families in Early Childhood Education

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Full Reference
Corridore, E. (2014). Supporting participation of indigenous families in early childhood education. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal.  Special Issue: Early Childhood Policy,17, 147-160.

 

Original Policy Paper

Supporting Participation of Indigenous Families in Early Childhood Education

Elizabeth Corridore
Australia 

Abstract

This paper examines specific discrepancies between Australian Indigenous communities’ values, beliefs and approaches to education and those of mainstream Australian communities. It includes an analysis of relevant impacts of this mismatch on successful participation by Indigenous children in early childhood education settings. Cultural competency, as described in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and expanded upon by current thinking and learning, predominates as a professional skill required in educating young Indigenous children and communities. The confronting issue of colonisation has impacted on the participation levels of Indigenous families and is deserving of significant space and time for reflection around Western education institutions and what they represent and value.

Key words: Indigenous; Australia; values; indigenous; culture; communities; participation; policy, curriculum, Early Years Learning Framework.

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