AJEC Vol. 42 No. 1 – Enhancing the effectiveness of early childhood educators and researchers working together to achieve common aims



Rachel A. Jones
Fay Gowers
Rebecca M. Stanley
Anthony D. Okely
University of Wollongong

The early childhood sector within Australia has experienced significant changes
over the past decade. During this period the quantity of early childhood research has
also escalated. However, educators continue to remain cautious about the value of
research as it is currently operationalised and its potential application. Establishing
collaborative relationships between researchers and educators could be beneficial in
ensuring research is conducted and applied as intended within the ECEC setting. The aim
of this paper is to share four key lessons learnt from a professional collaboration that was
established between researchers and educators within New South Wales, Australia. The
paper highlights the need for researchers to have a thorough understanding of the early
childhood environment, the importance of relationships within the early childhood sector
and the need for researchers to include educators in all stages of the research process.
Child and educator outcomes have the potential to be enhanced from professional
collaborations established between researchers and educators.

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