• Early Childhood

GREAT SOUTHERN REGION Journeys of Inquiry: Getting Started with Inquiry Pedagogies in Early Childhood

PL # 13300.
Starting from 27 Jan 2022 till 27 Jun 2022
Cancellation permitted until 19/01/2022
For Members$200
For Catholic Members$300
For Non-Members$380
Registration Close Date 19/01/2022
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Registrations open to

  • AISWA Member Schools (non-CEO)
  • Catholic Member Schools
  • Non-Members


This PL, repeated from our much-loved 2018-2021 sessions, is designed for early childhood educators (K-2) as an introduction to inquiry, unpacking some of the 'essential elements' of quality inquiry pedagogies through reflective practice activities, practical examples and stories from real classrooms. It will suit those who are new to inquiry-based learning, and those who have perhaps dabbled with inquiry but wish to extend their understanding and implementation. Spaced over 2 days (Terms 1 & 2) with reflective practice activities to undertake between sessions, this PL is designed to support participants to explore the following: 

* Why inquiry? The benefits of inquiry pedagogies.
* What does a quality inquiry approach look like? - at both the lesson level, as well as across a longer-term 'unit of work'.
* How can learning environments support a classroom culture of inquiry? 
* What strategies and tools might promote or enhance inquiry-based learning? 
* How can young children's research be supported - beyond non-fiction books and the internet? 
* How might I plan for inquiry in a responsive way that balances children's interests, ideas and questions with teacher inputs and curriculum expectations? 

Resources to support educators in getting started will be shared. Each participant will receive a copy of each of the following AISWA publications:

* 'Journeys of Inquiry' (2018)
* and 'Further Journeys of Inquiry' (2020)


Rebecca Duncan (AISWA Staff)

Early Childhood Consultant

Rebecca Duncan has been working in education since 1998. Along with teaching experience in each year level across Kindergarten to Year 4, her roles have included Coordinator of the Learning Development Centre at Christ Church Grammar Preparatory School as well as leadership in the integration of learning technologies. In 2004, Rebecca was the recipient of a National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA) for Western Australia, in recognition of her work in the promotion of early literacy practice at All Saints’ College.

Rebecca has been with AISWA since late 2010, when she was contracted to write a resource to support educators in their implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This project culminated in the publication of the acclaimed book, 'Early Years Learning Framework: In Action'. Ongoing employment as a consultant for AISWA followed, initially in the Curriculum, then Literacy teams, interspersed by the births of her three children. Rebecca now works for AISWA in a part-time capacity and thoroughly enjoys her role as a consultant within the early childhood team. She has lead numerous projects at AISWA, including initiatives to connect the Australian Curriculum and EYLF, one of which lead to AISWA’s publication of 'Playing with the Australian Curriculum' (2013). Her teacher resource, 'Journeys of Inquiry', was published in 2018, highlighting case studies of inquiry in early childhood. This has now been accompanied by a second volume of inspiring stories of inquiry pedagogies in 'Further Journeys of Inquiry', which was published by AISWA in 2020. Rebecca's latest publication for AISWA, 'Playful STEM: Using Blocks in Kindergarten to Year 2' is due for distribution in 2021. Inquiry pedagogies, early literacy and numeracy, learning through play, integrative approaches, responsiveness to children, learning technologies, and the Early Years Learning Framework represent a few of Rebecca’s areas of specialty.


Day 1

Date / Time

Starts: 08:30
Finishes: 15:30


Spirit of Play Community School
Old Post Office Buildings, Inlet Drive
Denmark WA 6333

Day 2

Date / Time

Starts: 08:30
Finishes: 15:30


Spirit of Play Community School
Old Post Office Buildings, Inlet Drive
Denmark WA 6333

Learning Area

  • Early Childhood

School Area

  • Preschool (PK-K)
  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)
  • Pre-Primary
  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Event Contact

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