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Developing Early Literacy in Informal Settings: Engaging Disadvantaged Aboriginal and CALD Families Outside Formal Settings

Funding: 2010: $87,000
2011: $53,000

Project Member(s): Pennycook, A., Morgan, L.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
NSW Department of Education and Training
NSW Department of Community Services (Department of Community Services)

Start year: 2010

Summary: This study will research ways of engaging, supporting and sustaining the early literacy development of children and families in informal settings, in the years before school. The study is located in inner and outer urban regions of Sydney and builds on 5 years of previous work in this area. A significant proportion of children and families are still unable to access formal early childhood education prior to school. The outcomes will benefit both children and families, in socio-economically disadvantaged Aboriginal and CALD communities, who cannot access formal early childhood programs. This work addresses an under-researched area of significant need affecting long term life and education outcomes of a large group of children.


Diaz, CJ, Morgan, L & Chodkiewicz, A 2018, 'Developing early literacies in informal settings: The importance of cultural representation in an aboriginal playgroup', International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 29-43.
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FOR Codes: Education Systems not elsewhere classified, Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified, Education and Training not elsewhere classified, Equity and Access to Education, Linguistics