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Age-appropriate pedagogies

​​​​​​​​Age-appropriate pedagogies are shaping teaching and learning in Prep and the early years of school now and into the future.​​​​​​
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Age-appropriate pedagogies support early years teachers to apply a range and balance of teaching approaches and characteristics of quality teaching in their classroom practice. Teachers are supported to align curriculum, age-appropriate pedagogies and assessment to maximise child​ren's engagement in learning and to enhance outcomes.

Children learn best when they are actively engaged in purposeful learning experiences. The Australian Curriculum clearly defines what is to be taught, and teachers use their knowledge of children's interests, strengths and capabilities to identify the most effective way to teach curriculum content.

In 2015, the department funded Griffith University to prepare a foundation paper outlining key messages from a review of international research. This foundation paper provides the evidence base that informs teacher practice, as schools across all seven Department of Education​ regions enact age-appropriate pedagogies in their early years classrooms.

For more information about age-appropriate pedagogies email the Early Learning Pathways team.

Download the documents below to learn more.

Foundation paper (PDF, 1.33MB) (DOCX, 86KB)

Foundation Paper

Foundation paper summary (PDF, 1.4MB) (DOCX, 39KB)

AAP Summary paper tile
Age Appropriate Pedagogies Program Progress Report 2016 (PDF, 2.5MB) (DOCX, 118KB)

AAP program tile 

Age Appropriate Pedagogies Implementation Report 2016 (PDF, 2.67MB) (DOCX, 43.7KB)



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06 September 2018
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