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Title: Introducing Aotearoa - New Zealand’s National early childhood curriculum Te Whaariki as an ethics-based approach to education
Authors: Macartney, B.
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Macartney, B. (2011) Introducing Aotearoa - New Zealand’s National early childhood curriculum Te Whaariki as an ethics-based approach to education. Chicago, IL, USA: 11th Annual Second City Disability Studies in Education Conference, 12-15 May 2011.
Abstract: In this paper I introduce Te Whaariki, Aotearoa-New Zealand’s early childhood education curriculum document (Ministry of Education, 1996, p. 70). I consider how Te Whaariki can be used by teachers as an ethical guide to accessible and inclusive curriculum and pedagogy. I describe Te Whaariki and its innovative and emancipatory approaches to curriculum, learning, teaching, inclusion and diversity in Aotearoa –New Zealand. A strong aspect of inclusion and diversity in Te Whaariki and this paper is the bi-lingual and bi-cultural journey of the curriculum’s development, philosophy and content. The Principles and Strands of Te Whaariki reflect a commitment to equity, multiplicity, lived experience and relationships within early childhood education settings. The strongly ethics-based approach contained within Te Whaariki makes space for and can guide teachers, families and communities to create thinking, practices and educational environments that are transformative and inclusive of all children.
Publisher: University of Canterbury. School of Educational Studies and Human Development
Research Fields: Field of Research::13 - Education::1301 - Education Systems::130102 - Early Childhood Education (excl. Māori)
Field of Research::13 - Education::1302 - Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10092/6139
Rights URI: http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/ir/rights.shtml
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