University of Canberra
Research Projects
Building Belonging: Integrating birth to eight schools through action-learning collectives
State/Territory: ACT

This project uses an arts-based practitioner inquiry methodology to build a sense of community belonging and improve integration of sectors within early years' education and care at four ACT Early Childhood school communities (Narrabundah, Lyons, Southern Cross and Isabella Plains). At each of these sites, long day care and DET schooling is co-located (as well as some health services), and the schools are in the process of community development around early childhood family support and service provision. Through integrated service delivery, these schools cater for children from birth to 8 years of age. The Faculty of Education's Childhood Research team assists cross-sector early childhood educators at these schools to design and conduct collaborative community inquiry projects and to establish ongoing action learning collectives.

Geographic location:
Lyons Early Childhood School, Lyons; Narrabundah Early Childhood School, Narrabundah; Southern Cross Early Childhood School, Scullin; Isabella Plains Early Childhood School, Isabella Plains
Research theme:
Health and Wellbeing
Organisation:
University of Canberra
Collaborator:
Lyons Early Childhood School, Lyons; Narrabundah Early Childhood School, Narrabundah; Southern Cross Early Childhood School, Scullin; Isabella Plains Early Childhood School, Isabella Plains
Funding agency:
DEEWR Office of Early Childhood
Main researchers:
Assoc. Prof. Affrica Taylor, Prof. Pam Christie
Timing:
01 Feb 2011 - 30 Nov 2011