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Too Young to Fail: Standardising Literacy in the Early Years of Schooling

Hesterman, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-7491-5527 (2018) Too Young to Fail: Standardising Literacy in the Early Years of Schooling. Educational Practice and Theory, 40 (1). pp. 5-28.

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Standardised testing in early childhood education has a direct impact on how teachers teach. In 2015, Western Australian early childhood teachers were invited to complete a questionnaire to provide feedback on their perceptions of standardised testing in the context of the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) implementation. Findings from 365 teachers showed that standardised testing was not aligned with the EYLF, but rather with a government-mandated formal literacy assessment regime that overshadowed teachers’ implementation of the framework and diminished opportunities for children to learn literacy through play-based learning approaches.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: James Nicholas Publishers
Copyright: © 2018 James Nicholas Publishers
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