Suggested readings

The relationship between documentation and assessment

Carlina Rinaldi, 2004

Rinaldi Documentation and assessment.pdf
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E4kids Report (Effective Early Educational Experiences - An Australian longitudinal study)

Collette Tayler and the E4kids research team, 2017

Building a culture of collaboration

Johanson & Kuh, 2013

Critical Friends.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.5 MB

Developing professionalism through reflective practice and ongoing professional development

Josephine Bleach, 2014

building a professional team.pdf
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General Comment Number 12

United Nations, 2009

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Wendy Shepherd, 2017

Documentation Rattler.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.4 MB

What's pedagogy anyway? Using pedagogical documentation to engage with the Early Years Learning Framework.

Fleet, Honig, Robertson, Semann & Shepherd, 2011 

Adobe Acrobat Document 2.2 MB

Loose parts : A start up guide

Fairy Dust Teaching, 2017

Adobe Acrobat Document 53.5 MB

Melbourne declaration on educational goals for young Australians.

Ministerial Council on Education, Training and Youth Affairs, 2008

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Being, belonging and becoming: Early Years Learning Framework for Australia

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the Council of Australian Governments, 2009


Final EYLF Framework Report - WEB.pdf
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Online resources

Deborah is interviewed on the Early Education Show on Quality and the role of "Flying Squads"

Texts and others

The Rinaldi Report: Re-imagining Childhood

 Carla Rinaldi


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Children's Rights Learning Book

 Deborah Harcourt


 This is a book that resulted from a research project with 4 and 5 year old children who wanted to share their knowledge and understanding with others. A great resource for teachers and parents and those who would like to know what children think about rights.

Doing Ethical Research with Children

Jonathon Sargeant and Deborah Harcourt


This book provides a step by step guide to approaching your research project and will support you in developing, conducting and disseminating research relating to children and childhood with an ethical imperative.

Researching Young Children's Perspectives

Deborah Harcourt, Bob Perry and Tim Waller


This book critically examines the challenges and complexities of rights based, participatory research with children. Rather than approaching these dilemmas as problematic, this book positions them as important topics for discussion and reflection.

Other publications from Deborah Harcourt

In conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama