Coach and Guide: Facilitating Childrens' Literacy Development in ECE Contexts

The aim of this project was to examine ways in which professional learning in ECE contexts contributed to child outcomes in literacy development. This study included carrying pre- and post-test literacy assessments on 4 year old children and an analysis of the practices in which teachers engaged in through observation and interviews with teachers.

The major finding was that there were two contributors to successful implementation of new professional learning into practice. The first contributor was the need for effective leadership in the centre and the second was the strength of the relationship between the researchers and the teacher participants themselves.