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Exploring developmentally appropriate practices in the context of Australia for creating an early childhood education (ECE) framework for Pakistan

Start Date

5th Oct 2017 1:00pm

End Date

5th Oct 2017 1:45pm


Education Video Conference Rooms:

1:00pm – 1:45pm

  • Launceston: NH.A221c.Video
  • Hobart: SB.Hytten325.Video
  • Cradle Coast: CC.A119 Video

Confirmation of Candidature presentation by Mohammad Afzal Khan

This study investigate contemporary pedagogical approaches for children's holistic development in the context of Australia for creating a culturally responsive ECE framework for Pakistan. Currently, the education system in Pakistan largely follows a didactic approach to teaching and learning which encourages rote memorization rather than developing conceptual understanding and Children's holistic development. ECE in Pakistan is based on traditional approaches to education which promote teacher's authority and students' dependency.  For the holistic development of young children, Pakistan is in dire need of creating an ECE framework based on contemporary ideas and evidences from research, responsive to its cultural dynamics and sensitive to its ideological needs.  Evidence from research suggest that ECE programmes supportive to the needs of the children can create a robust base for success in life.

The current study will seek advice from Australian educators in early learning settings where the education programme is based on sound principles of developmentally appropriate practices and successful multicultural approaches.  The study will draw on participants' views, documentary evidences from selected schools, policies and guidelines and a thorough review of contemporary literature.  The study will follow a design-based research paradigm within interpretive enquiry.  The research process will include document analysis, in-depth semi-structured interviews with principals and focus groups with educators.  The framework design will be an iterative process throughout the study, consistently informed by the data collected during the research.

The outcome of this study will be a detailed, culturally responsive and developmentally appropriate ECE framework for Pakistan.  This document will be provided to early childhood educators in Pakistan to enable them to develop effective and culturally sensitive curriculum programs for the children that they teach.