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ERIC Number: ED342471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Boffins in Early Childhood Services.
Meade, Anne
"Boffins" have been identified by the New Zealand educator Glen Gawith as the category of learners who "delight in unrelated fragments of knowledge for knowledge's sake," and "put these fragments into a framework and analyze them." This paper uses a boffin-like approach to examine aspects of early childhood education in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The following "fragments of knowledge" are discussed: (1) Bronfenbrenner's connections between public policies and children's development; (2) the success of the Maori's Te Kohanga Reo schools in setting up an educational movement that operates in line with the indigenous people's conceptions of childhood and upbringing; (3) the view that curriculum that responds to the cultural diversity of students constitutes a framework for assurance of high quality education; (4) the need for teachers to know the reasons why certain early childhood education practices are considered good; and (5) early childhood education that is in children's best interests. It is suggested that the interests of children are not being served by the New Zealand Statement of Desirable Objectives and Practices for early childhood centers, and that this statement is a threat to minority cultures. A recounting of ideological struggles regarding New Zealand's education of children provides a rationale for the early childhood community to maintain its collective involvement in counteracting public policies and practices that are detrimental to children, women, and cultural diversity. Contains 23 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand