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ERIC Number: EJ894281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
Honouring Maori Subjectivities within Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa
Ritchie, Jenny
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v9 n3 p202-210 2008
In Aotearoa, discourses seeking to address/redress the imbalances of the legacy of colonisation have often been couched in terms of "biculturalism", terminology cognisant of the two main cultures in this country: the indigenous Maori and the settlers of predominantly European ancestry, the Pakeha. This binary framing represents a colonial relationship whereby notions of "partnership" have disguised ongoing recolonising by the dominant Pakeha. Early childhood services in Aotearoa have historically been a community-derived and responsive, ideologically progressive and somewhat anarchic "poor cousin," marginalised and positioned outside of the compulsory state education sector. This article will reflect on layerings of stories from recent research that contribute to journeys of post-colonial early childhood education practice within Aotearoa, demonstrating movement beyond limited incorporation of the Maori language defined and imposed by "well-mentioned" Pakeha educators to enactment resonant of deeper understandings of Maori ways of being, knowing and doing. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand