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ERIC Number: EJ810070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0020-7187
Not Weaving but Drowning? The in New Zealand Early Childhood Pedagogies
Cederman, Kaye
International Journal of Early Childhood, v40 n2 p119-130 2008
The article critiques the innovative policy documents constructing New Zealand early childhood pedagogies since the advent of the first curriculum "Te Whariki" (1996) and argues that the two most compelling of these reflect the consumerist experiences of childhood today. The acclaim which followed the publication of "Te Whariki" has led to many countries identifying with its focus on quality and generally supporting the socio-cultural approach to curriculum it represents. The author claims however that "Te Whariki" was the beginning of a trajectory from context and process-bound documents specifically located within the relational traditions of the people of Aotearoa/New Zealand, including Pasifika, Maori and Pakeha (Non-Maori), to those reflecting a global consumerist perspective. This progression is documented alongside a critical Baudrillardian reading of biculturalism and the market forces constituting the "ideal child" or, a consumerist child "drowning" in a sea of technology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand