This program of research involves the development and evaluation of a new program designed to enhance the skills and capacities of early childhood educators to promote young children’s prosocial behaviour and reduce problem behaviour. The aims of the research are:

  • Apply the principles of social learning, applied behaviour analysis and self-regulatory theory to the development of a program for early childhood education and care settings.
  • Develop an effective model for training early childhood educators in positive child care strategies.
  • Develop protocols for mentoring and coaching to support educators to implement the strategies, and sustain implementation over time.

Examine whether PECE is effective at improving educator competence and confidence in promoting young children’s development and managing difficult behaviour, improving child prosocial behaviour and reducing disruptive child behaviour and improving ECE personal and work adjustment.

Project members

Dr Cassandra Dittman

Curriculum Development Leader & Senior Research Officer
School of Psychology

Associate Professor Karen Turner

Principal Research Fellow
School of Psychology