ERIC Number: ED512624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Dispersing Waves: Innovation in Early Childhood Education
Meade, Anne, Ed.
Early childhood education Centres of Innovation (COI) were established in 2002 as part of the 10-year plan for early childhood education, "Pathways to the Future/Nga Huarahi Arataki." In COI projects, innovative early childhood teaching teams reflect on and investigate their practices through action research, and share their findings with the wider education community. "Dispersing Waves" marks the early end of the COI programme in June 2009 due to budget constraints. It gathers together reports from completed projects and gems from some that closed early. Developing and responding to the agency of children is a strong theme. Childspace Ngaio Infants and Toddlers Centre analyse how they enact their respectful "peaceful-caregiving-as-curriculum" approach, based on the ideas of Magda Gerber and Emmi Pikler, to enrich children's very early experiences. Otaki Kindergarten describe how they enhance children's mana by involving them in real work on environmental sustainability, and Te Kohanga Reo o Mana Tamariki explain how they set about learning traditional methods for growing vegetables and strengthened themselves as a whanau as they did so. Greerton Early Childhood Centre vividly illustrate how embedded shared leadership is at their centre. Two projects examine transitions: Mangere Bridge Kindergarten explain how developing projects to help children "cross the border" to school built closer ties with their local primary schools, while Hutt Family Day Care offer a literature review on young children's transitions into home-based early education settings, completed after their first phase of data gathering. Other projects put a single aspect of their curriculum under the spotlight: The Bush Street Kindergarten team describe how they weave learning into their central character storytelling, and First Years Preschool teachers describe their innovative, fearless approach to science. Contents include: (1) Researching teaching and learning through storytelling: Using a central character (Helen Smith, Kay Henson and Elaine Mayo); (2) A culture of shared leadership (Greerton Early Childhood Centre); (3) Building relationships between early childhood and school: Mutually interesting projects (Carol Hartley, Pat Rogers, Jemma Smith, Sally Peters and Margaret Carr); (4) Peaceful caregiving as curriculum: Insights on primary caregiving from action research (Carmen Dalli and Natasha Kibble); (5) Growing raukura (Brenda Soutar with Te Whanau o Mana Tamariki); (6) Titiro mai, titiro atu: Looking near, looking far: Curriculum at Otaki Kindergarten (Sarah Te One, Susan Barrett and Val Podmore with Chris Booth, Lorna Tawhiti and Judy Broughton); (7) Transitions and home-based care: A literature review (Liz Everiss); and (8) Fearless science: Engaging community (Lisa Bond, Rebekah Cooper, Barbara Jordan, Julie Sargent, Sue Smorti and the First Years Preschool over-twos teaching team).
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Innovation, Team Teaching, Action Research, Preschool Teachers, Young Children, Sharing Behavior, Leadership, Preschool Education, Transitional Programs, Kindergarten, Child Caregivers, Preschool Curriculum, Science Curriculum
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand