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Age-appropriate pedagogies

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Age-appropriate pedagogies (AAP) offers a research-driven and custom-built language about effective early years pedagogies and a decision-making framework that supports teachers to select and employ a range and balance of approaches and characteristics, when teaching the Australian Curriculum, to:

  • actively engage children in purposeful learning experiences
  • enhance learning outcomes
  • build positive di​​​spositions towards learning, now and in the future. 

AAP is evidence-based and flexible in nature. It supports teachers to plan and make decisions about teaching and learning experiences that are responsive to the child, teacher, context, curriculum and evidence of learning within and across diverse educational environments. It plays a key role in supporting successful transitions and enhancing Kindergarten to Year 2 continuity and alignment.

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A whole school approach to pedagogy

The P-12 Curriculum, assessment and reporting framework (P-12 CARF) situates effective pedagogy as an integral part of systematic curriculum delivery through requirements outlined in A whole school approach to pedagogy. Professional learning resources on the Assessment and Moderation hub guide schools to build understandings about AAP and engage with A whole school approach to pedagogy with an AAP lens. 

Research

The Foundation paper: Age-appropriate pedagogies for the early years of schooling provides the evidence base that informs teacher practice.

The Age-appropriate pedagogies Progress and Implementation Reports outline findings and key messages from regions, schools and teachers implementing age-appropriate pedagogies.

More information

From research to practice
Access videos from teachers and school leaders discussing a range of topics on age-appropriate pedagogies.

Characteristics
The 11 characteristics that form a set of desirable qualities teachers can consider when enacting age-appropriate pedagogies.

Approaches
Various teaching approaches that may be considered age-appropriate for teaching the Australian Curriculum in the early years.

Case studies
Case studies that demonstrating how school teams have implemented their age-appropriate pedagogies plan.

Practice snapshots
Snapshots of how teachers have aligned curriculum, age-appropriate pedagogies and assessment in their classroom practices.

Examples of practice
Read examples of how curriculum, pedagogy and assessment can be aligned in the early years of school.

Help and support

For more information about age-appropriate pedagogies email Quality Early Learning.

Last updated 06 October 2022