ERIC Number: ED341495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Early Intervention and Te Kohanga Reo: Working in Partnership.
Flavell, Marie V.
The Kohanga Reo, or "language nest" centers, provide places where Maori children can learn their native language. In its partnership with Te Kohanga Reo, the New Zealand Early Intervention Service has: (1) sent representatives to Maori tribal committee meetings; (2) ensured Kohanga Reo representation on early intervention management teams; (3) provided in-service training for teachers; (4) worked with local health care professionals in the treatment of ear disease in children under 3 years of age and the education of these children about the disease; and (5) provided workshops for local people on teaching children with special needs. Some issues of concern in the partnership with Te Kohanga Reo include the constraint of government regulations on Kohanga Reos' operations; the need for Maori language materials; and the need for more bilingual classes. Issues relating to children with special needs include teaching special needs children through all their senses; providing them with more guidance during play than is given to other children; and encouraging Maori applicants to enroll in a college course on the education of special needs children. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Maori (Language); Maori (People); New Zealand; Te Kohanga Reo
Note: Paper presented at the Early Childhood Convention (5th, Dunedin, New Zealand, September 8-11, 1991).