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Richards, Rosemary D.; Terreni, Lisa – Curriculum Matters, 2022
The New Zealand early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki, encourages teachers to intentionally implement learning experiences so children learn about and through the visual arts. Acknowledging the tensions between intentional teaching and play-based learning, teachers are urged to be neither hands-off nor very structured in designing visual arts…
Descriptors: Visual Arts, Art Education, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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Cooper, Maria; McDonald, Lyn; Rubie-Davies, Christine – Curriculum Matters, 2021
Teacher expectations influence how children fare in education. However, we know little about how 4- and 5-year-old children in Aotearoa New Zealand perceive their curriculum experiences. This qualitative study utilised interviews to explore the perceptions of 12 children (attending kindergarten and school) regarding their teachers' expectations of…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Student Attitudes, Teacher Expectations of Students, Foreign Countries
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Clark, Beverley; Hughson, Hilda – Curriculum Matters, 2020
The views that early childhood teachers have of children and childhood are informed by the rhetoric and theories of early childhood, their cultures, life stories, philosophies, and ongoing practices as teachers. In Aotearoa New Zealand, "Te Whariki," the legislated national curriculum for early childhood education, further guides early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers
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Leaupepe, Manutai; Matapo, Jacoba; Ravlich, Elizabeth – Curriculum Matters, 2017
This article explores the history of curriculum relating to Pasifika early childhood education (ECE) in Aotearoa New Zealand. Specific contributions of Pasifika peoples to the developments of "Te Whariki" are considered. The aspirations of Pasifika peoples and academics that are presented in the body of scholarship developed over the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pacific Islanders, Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Populations
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Renner, Suzanne; Bell, David – Curriculum Matters, 2016
Primary teachers in New Zealand schools are required to teach dance education as part of a balanced classroom programme. This responsibility requires that teachers have positive beliefs about their own competence and capabilities to teach dance to achieve desired outcomes for their students. This article presents qualitative findings from a…
Descriptors: Dance Education, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Curriculum, Self Efficacy