For ECEPs, empathy can be enacted via 'holistic approaches to teaching and learning [that] recognise the connectedness of mind, body and spirit' (DEECD
& VCAA, 2009, p.
While over 9000 people--"almost a third of the Latrobe Valley's labour force" (DEECD
, 2012, p.
Some time after this incident occurred, the Victorian Department of Education (as it was then called) introduced a raft of policy changes that offered support for queerly identifying students and teachers, which I argue make the prospect of termination at a government school for similar reasons a much less likely outcome at present (DEECD
, n.d.-a, n.d.-b).
East Melbourne, Vic: DEECD
, Victorian Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat.
This type of change is seen currently in Victoria, Australia, where "schools are adopting innovative approaches to education, like open learning spaces and new technologies" (DEECD
, 2011, p.
In comparison, the 2006-2012 language enrolment data for P-12 government schools In Victoria, the Australian state with the largest proportion of students learning a language (Llddicoat, Scarlno, Curnow, Kohler, Scrlmgeour, & Morgan, 2007), show that numbers for French have fallen by 14%, Italian by 33%, and German by 41 %, for example (Victorian DEECD
The research project has ethics approval from Deakin University Ethics committee and DEECD
This brings us back to one of the original requirements set down by the DEECD
where they require each government teacher to publish research every two years.
(Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) (2009) The State of Victoria's Children 2008: A Report on How Children and Young People in Victoria Are Faring, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Melbourne, http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/ edulibrary/public/govrel/Policy/children/sovcreport08.pdf
In Victoria at the time of the study, the DEECD
operated through a structure of regions further divided into networks.
The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) is based on the national EYLF and shares the vision of the "Blueprint for Education and Early Childhood Development." This document states: "Every young Victorian thrives, learns and grows to enjoy a productive, rewarding and fulfilling life, while contributing to their local and global communities" (DEECD
, 2009, p.
The authors acknowledge the support of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD
) in conducting this study.