ERIC Number: ED447926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation of Te Whariki in Pacific Islands Early Childhood Centres. Final Report to the Ministry of Education.
Placed within the context of current policy, research, and implementation provisions in early childhood education in New Zealand, this study examined the current professional development provisions for the implementation of Te Whariki in Pacific Islands early childhood centers (PIECCs) and the current approaches used by PIECCs to assess children's learning and to evaluate Te Whariki implementation. The study further identified important criteria for selecting centers, elements, and processes for inclusion in an action research project to evaluate the implementation of Te Whariki. Data were collected through focus group interviews. Participants included representatives from a range of PIECCs (staff and management) and those involved in professional development in implementing Te Whariki in PIECCs. The findings indicated that staff and management of most centers felt confident in planning and implementing Te Whariki strands; a particular challenge was implementing Te Whariki using their own Pacific languages and cultural values. The facilitators of professional development reported that Te Whariki is in place, with centers differing in level of implementation. Facilitators referred to the language issue and the importance of translating Te Whariki to make the professional development task easier. All centers included daily individual observations of children as their main method for gathering assessment information. Translating terms and concepts remains a challenge for more fully involving parents in assessment and evaluation. Continuing concerns include meeting current requirements, using the appropriate language, and having sufficient time for professional development. (Appended is a sample focus group agenda and a list of participating Pacific Islands Early Childhood Centers. Contains 30 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Action Research, Culturally Relevant Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Quality, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Pacific Islanders, Preschool Teachers, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Staff Development
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand