DEEWRDepartment of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (Australia)
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In 2009, the Australian Government introduced the first national curriculum, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) (DEEWR, 2009) for children aged birth to 5 years.
Learning experiences that utilised music and movement provided for holistic and playful learning, these being central practices of the EYLF (DEEWR, 2009).
More specifically, the findings illustrated a clear connection between the constructs of quality provided by the participants and the themes of the Early Years Learning Framework--Belonging, Being and Becoming (DEEWR, 2009), mandated for use within Standard One of the National Quality Standard (COAG, 2009b).
I intended to foster a child's development of a sense of identity and belonging through the appreciation of home languages (DEEWR, 2009), by inviting students to display words and stories in their home language.
Indigenous students made up 1.0 per cent of all higher education enrolments in 2011 (DEEWR, 2012), whereas it was estimated that the Indigenous population was 2.5 per cent of the total Australian population (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012).
Workforce participation is among the most important steps in assisting the disadvantaged into mainstream society by enabling them to contribute to the economy and community and connect with others (DEEWR 2010b: 43).
The educational needs of students have also been given greater weight by the demands of employers (DEEWR, 2009; Hock-Eam, 2010), regularly decrying the lack of highly developed (English language) 'communication skills' in graduates (Hancock et al., 2009).
The specific aim of this expansion is 'to address the shortage of research-qualified staff' (DEEWR 2009) and to promote the growth of the Indigenous higher education workforce.
The Bradley Review in 2008 (DEEWR 2009 p.43) identified the need for transition to occur between vocational education and tertiary education by educational institutions valuing competency based and merit based experience which improves pathways and movement between both sectors.
(9) Henninger, M, Tanner, K, Reynolds, S, Genoni, P and Wise, S A profile of the Australian information workforce as indicated by a job advertisements analysis Discussion paper 3--Reconceptualising and repositioning Australian library and information science education for the 21st century Canberra, DEEWR 2011
Increasing Australia's digital literacy requires an increase in the number of Australians undertaking appropriate higher education and at higher levels than before (DEEWR, 2009) as well as enabling those students to learn (Sabry & Barker, 2009).
As a result of the Australian Government's Building the Education (BElt) funding program (DEEWR, 2009), a process of re-envisioning school libraries has been experienced by many school communities in the past two to three years.