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ERIC Number: ED156307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May-31
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of Research and Present Trends in Pre-School Education.
McDonald, Geraldine
A brief historical account of developments in early childhood education in New Zealand is presented as background for a discussion of current research in this area. Five main sources of research in New Zealand, each with a special research style and field of interest are cited: (1) the universities, (2) the Department of Education, (3) women's movements, (4) preschool movements, and (5) the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). It is concluded that each of these agencies sees early childhood education and care differently and that those personally involved in the field have generally taken adults as their subjects while others tend to look at children and their treatment. Universities are involved in three typical kinds of research: child development studies, studies of preschools as classrooms and reviews of research literature, with emphasis on early childhood education aimed at individual children. The Department of Education Research and Planning Unit has worked in the area of monitoring and evaluation and viewed early childhood education, in part, in relation to sets of teaching procedures and practices. Women's movements are concerned with how women are coping with care of the young and help the community offers women. The section on preschool movements cites a parent-helping project, a Maori association playcenter project and a teachers' association study on male/female composition of decision-making bodies. The NZCER's Early Childhood Unit is reported to be collaborating with playcenters on a parent helper project and with Maori groups on parent training. (Author/BF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand