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ERIC Number: EJ1040602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-7187
Sustainability and Relationality within Early Childhood Care and Education Settings in Aotearoa New Zealand
Ritchie, Jenny
International Journal of Early Childhood, v45 n3 p307-326 Nov 2013
This paper discusses one aspect of a recently completed two-year study, that of the enactment of relationality within early childhood care and education practice. The research project, "Titiro Whakamuri, Hoki Whakamua. We are the future, the present and the past: caring for self, others and the environment in early years' teaching and learning," involved ten early childhood centres from across New Zealand (Ritchie et al. 2010). Relationality refers to our lived relation to other human beings, other living creatures, and to the non-living entities with whom we share our spaces and the planet. The study has demonstrated some ways in which early childhood educators were able to extend children's understandings of their relationality, their connectedness to others, and to the natural world, following theoretical underpinnings of the Indigenous Maori, such as "manaakitanga" (caring, generosity) and "kaitiakitanga" (environmental stewardship) ("Tikanga Maori. Living by Maori values," Wellington, Huia, 2003), and of western epistemologies such as an ethic of care ("The challenge to care in schools: An alternative approach to education," New York, Teachers College Press, 2005a; "Educating citizens for global awareness," New York, Teachers College Press, 2005c, "Philosophy of education," Boulder, Westview Press, 2007).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand