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Research Forum - Tuesday 16 February 2010

Assessing the effectiveness of early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs in Australian communities

This forum is sponsored by DET

Who is the speaker?

Professor Karen Thorpe is currently Professor of Developmental Psychology at the Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology. Professor Thorpe has significant expertise in developmental science, evaluation of early intervention and education and longitudinal research, and the impact of early environment on children 's developmental attainments. She has worked on a number of large World Health Organisation initiated longitudinal studies within two international research centres, and has published extensively. In 2003-2004, Professor Thorpe worked for the Queensland Government in the Preparing for School study. This study was a large scale longitudinal investigation of the effectiveness of various early childhood education models across 39 sites in Queensland, including the Torres Strait islands. Currently, Karen is a lead investigator on the ARC-funded linkage project "Assessing the effectiveness of ECEC programs in Australian communities ".

When and where is it held?

Tuesday 16 February, 1:45 pm registration for a 2pm start to 4:00pm

Auditorium, 111 George Street, Brisbane

This forum is presented free-of-charge to participants.

What is the focus of the session?

Professor Thorpe will present the background research and policy context regarding ECEC practices in Australia and introduce the proposed design of the current study. Discussion and feedback will be invited from forum attendees.

Flyer (new window) 62K Adobe PDF document

Presentation (new window) 436K Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations

How to Register

To register please contact Sajida Khan on (07) 322 42831 or via email

Afternoon tea will be provided.

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