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Early Childhood Education

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Use this guide to find sources related to Early Childhood Education and Child Care. It provides access to a wide range of resources available to you through USC Library. To learn how to search for information, see the How To Guides.

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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) is responsibile for national professional standards for teachers. It also fosters high quality professional development for teachers and school leaders.  The video below shows Rebecca Andrews (2012 Australian Early Childhood Teacher of the Year) at work. It is one of several at the website highlighting exemplary teaching practice

Register for Scootle

  Scootle is the portal toThe National Digital Learning Resources Network that contains over 20,000 digital resources that are free for use in all Australian schools. The resources are made available to teachers through State and Territory portals or Scootle. Tertiary academics and pre-service teachers can now access resources through the Scootle portal.  You must register. Follow the link in the Scootle registration box below.

Register here for access to Scootle resources.


Getting Started

Before you begin searching for information, make sure you understand your topic and what you don't know.

  1. Write down what you already know about the topic and what you need to find out.
  2. Find dictionaries, encyclopedias for an overview of your topic.
  3. Find academic books to broaden your knowledge of your topic and to identify keywords.
  4. Find academic journal articles for detailed arguments about specific points.


Image of the assignment process. Write down what you know and need to know. Find dictionaries. Find textbooks. Find academic journal articles.

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