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ERIC Number: EJ1108884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
The Educationalising of Early Childhood in Aotearoa New Zealand: Tracking "Free Play" 1940s-2010
Stover, Sue
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v52 n5 p525-541 2016
Geographically isolated in the south-west Pacific but intellectually and culturally connected to Western Europe, Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood education sector is a unique mix of influences. The imprint of progressive education is evident in a legacy of "free play" programmes, yet its national curriculum is built on the construct of "mana", reflecting the cosmology and aspirations of the indigenous Maori people. These influences are held in tension with contemporary economic drivers to expand the sector and to focus on politically approved "learning outcomes". Within this dynamic tension, the place of play and of "free play" is paradoxically both visible and invisible both in the education of very young children, and also in teacher education. This study draws on oral history interviews that focused on "free play" across 60+ years. The analysis of these indicates a process of "educationalisation" evident across three "reform agendas": Play, Unity, and Education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A