How Aistear was developed: Research Papers

 

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The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) commissioned four research papers to inform the work in developing Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. Drawing on national and international research, these papers look at how:

  • particular understandings of education and care impact on children's experiences during early childhood education
  • children learn and develop in early childhood
  • play can be used to extend and enhance children's learning and development
  • formative assessment can support and extend early learning and development.

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Read a summary of the key messages from the research papers (PDF, 744 KB).

Click on the links in the table below to download the papers and/or their executive summaries.

 Research paperExecutive summary

Education and care

(Hayes, 2007)

Perspectives on the relationship between education and care in early childhood (PDF, 379 KB)Perspectives on the relationship between education and care in early childhood (PDF, 278 KB)

Learning and development

(French, 2007)

Children’s early learning and development (PDF, 509 KB)Children’s early learning and development (PDF, 276 KB)

Play

(Kernan, 2007)

Play as a context for early learning and development (PDF, 496 KB)Play as a context for early learning and development (PDF, 280 KB)

Formative assessment

(Dunphy, 2008)

Supporting early learning and development through formative assessment (PDF, 461 KB)Supporting early learning and development through formative assessment (PDF, 375 KB)