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ERIC Number: EJ913815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Learning from Aotearoa New Zealand
Carter, Margie
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n193 p28-31 May-Jun 2010
Last February, in search of expanded thinking, the author led a group of 20 early childhood professionals on a study tour to Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ). The group included two Canadians and two Aussies, with everyone else from the United States. While they knew they had much to learn from the overall system of early childhood education in NZ, the author tried to keep their focus on three particular aspects that seem to hold promise for infusing new ideas into their teacher education and professional development efforts in the United States: (1) Strengthening relationships to strengthen culture and community; (2) Seeing the environment as a reflection of values; and (3) Understanding documentation as a pedagogical tool. The trip was intensely engaging, both emotionally and intellectually, and had a profound impact on each of the delegates. In this article, the author shares her ruminations on the study tour. The author stresses that the study tour to Aotearoa New Zealand has fueled the determination of each of the delegates to resist any excuses to settle for the "dumbing-down" policies and practices that are besieging children and teachers in their early childhood centers.
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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; United States