EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SIG
Me he horoeka
(Stong and tall like the horoeka)
The Early Childhood SIG has been established for interested early childhood professionals to share research and explore topics for the early childhood sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is anticipated that participants will use the SIG as a means to connect and collaborate with colleagues from around the country and internationally. Within the SIG, our aim is to create opportunities to share research in a supportive environment in order to build research capacity and nurture emergent and early researchers in the sector.
The Early Childhood SIG promotes the growth and development of early childhood research as a critical and integral part of wider educational research and source of information for the sector. We encourage early childhood researchers to share and disseminate their work in early childhood circles and to wider education communities. We support a diverse range research topics and methodologies from a diverse group of researchers including practising early childhood educators, lecturers and scholars at universities and training institutes, students and student teachers, primary school teachers, educators in extension education services, families of young children, and other professionals with an interest in early childhood education.
EARLY CHILDHOOD JOURNAL LINKS
Early Education Journal (Pub by AUT) - Link here
Early Education Folio (NZCER) - Link here
He Kupu - Link here
International Journal of Early Childhood - Link here
Ngā Tau Tuatahi: The First Years - Link here
ECE SIG UPDATE (Nov 2015)
The NZARE Conference and Annual Meeting was held in November 2015 over four wonderful days in Whakatane. The conference was a great opportunity to meet new colleagues and connect with old friends. It was a smaller group of early childhood interested researchers this year, but there were still plenty of exciting sessions and rich discussions on offer for those with an interest in young children.
The ECE SIG held several key events during the conference. On Wednesday there was a panel discussion with Maria Cooper, University of Auckland; Claire McLachlan, Massey University; and Jayne White, University of Waikato about the recent ERO report about education and care for infants and toddlers.
We had a lunchtime SIG business meeting following the panel – see the PDF of meeting minutes available to members. We are pleased to announce that Bridgette Redder from the University of Waikato will join Sara and Tara as a SIG co-convenor for 2016 – Welcome Bridgette! The same evening we had a tasty SIG dinner at the local Indian Restaurant.
SIGs were acknowledged at the NZARE business meeting for engagement and activity throughout the year. To keep our forward momentum, key activities for the ECE SIG for 2016 will include the proposal of ECE SIG awards for the 2016 conference and a 1-day ECE SIG Hui before the conference in 2016. The 2016 Conference is scheduled to be held at Victoria University. Members should keep an eye out for emailed SIG updates throughout the year.
DRAFT ECE Purpose Statement
The ECE Hui "REVITALISING OUR RESEARCH RELATIONSHIPS" was held at Victoria University of Wellington on 15 May.
Keynote speakers: Prof Marilyn Fleer (Monash University) Download a copy by clicking on the title below
Perezhivanie as an Everyday Concept or as a Theoretical Concept in the Play and Drama of the Young Child
The programme included presentations, emerging researcher presentations students), round-table topics for discussion and panel presentations on TLRI, and on Publishing.
The hui was followed by a business meeting for the ECE SIG
2015 Early Childhood Convention will be held in October. For more information click here
NZARE is sad to advise members that Lyn Foote, a long-standing member and Early Childhood SIG convenor for many years, passed away over the holiday period. Alex Gunn's tribute on behalf of colleages can be downloaded here. The photo below is of Lyn (centre of photo) and colleagues at University Childcare Assn meeting in December 2014.
Following the momentum from the 2013 one-day hui for the ECE SIG at NZARE in Dunedin, members took an active interest in the public debate between Ken Blaiklock and Anne Smith regarding Te Whäriki. Copies of this open discussion were shared with all SIG members.
In 2014, ECE SIG co-conveners liaised with AARE ECE SIG leaders for the joint AARE/NZARE conference. We extend our greatest appreciate to the Australian hosts who have managed the bulk of the work and preparation for the event. For NZARE ECE SIG members the conference offers over 50 papers and posters focused on early childhood education issues with presenters from around the globe.
NZARE ECE SIG members are invited to a joint ECE SIG meeting and social event at the 2014 conference. The meeting and social event offer a great opportunity to connect with colleagues. We look forward to hearing stories from Brisbane for those who are in attendance.
Other key activities of the ECE SIG this year have included drafting a “working” purpose statement for the SIG which is posted on the website and working with NZARE central to create an active ECE SIG member list. Contact the convenors (below) or email@example.com, to have your name added to the list.
Finally, if you haven’t seen it already, make sure you check out ECE SIG member Alexandra Gunn’s article in Early Education (Autumn/Winter 2014 issue) – “The ECE SIG — A personal history of its origins, intentions and necessity”. A must read for SIG members.
EARLY CHILDHOOD SIG HUI 2013
26 November at University of Otago, College of Education, Dunedin
This year's Early Childhood SIG Hui reflects the growth and development of early childhood research as a critical and integral part of wider educational research. This development requires that early childhood researchers consider how they 'out' their research, both in early childhood circles and to the wider education communities.
The focus of the Early Childhood SIG is two-fold:
- To build research capacity - through discussion/debate, forums, etc.
- To nurture emergent researchers through providing opportunities to present in a 'safe' environment with a more expert audience.
Note that a change to the NZARE format this year involves Special Interest Groups meeting within the full conference. While we look forward to experienced early childhood researchers participating fully in the Early Childhood SIG, the SIG provides opportunities for presentations which will focus on nurturing emergent researchers.
Emeritus Professor Anne Smith was the keynote speaker. Professor Smith is from the University of Otago's College of Education and is a highly respected specialist in childhood studies and children's rights. She has been involved in research, advocacy, and policy-making on childhood issues in New Zealand for almost 40 years.
Download programme here