2016 Annual General Meeting
NZARE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016
The meeting was held at Victoria University of Wellington on Wednesday 23 Nov 2016
Key items at the meeting:
From the President's Report
Heleen Visser acknowledged a hard-working and exceptional Council.
Achievements during the year included:
- NZJES - strengthening of the publication and the quality of articles, largely due to diligent editors and a strong board, chaired by Alex Gunn
- Additional publication of a series of papers edited by Agnes Mcfarlane & Tai Black
- A very high standard of nominee (and recipient) in the award process
- Strong representation in both Māori and Pasifika caucus - noted in strong representation to the conference and Pasifika symposium
- Strengthening of Special interest - with separate meetings of ECE, Science, Assessment, Policy/Ideas during the year, and at this conference
- Increased communications with more issues of the newsletter
- Conference well supported and especial thanks to Jenny Ritchie and the committee
She concluded with a vote of thanks to service provided by Bridget Percy (resigned during the year), Helen Dixon (Treasurer), Tanya Samu, Rose Hipkins, Bernadette Farrell and Richard Smith.
Financial Report: Download Audit report for 2015 here
Election of Officers: As several members had completed their term of office, there are a number of new faces on Council. See the Contacts page.
Alex Gunn tabled a paper about NZARE’s position on the OECD International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study (IELS). Other senior members of the association spoke in support of the motions.
MOTION 1. We call on the members of the NZARE to endorse and publicise the following position statement on any possible involvement of Aotearoa New Zealand in the study.
Members of the NZARE call on the New Zealand Government to not participate in the OECD International Early Learning and Wellbeing Study (IELS).
Aotearoa New Zealand’s ECE curriculum takes a sociocultural perspective acknowledging multiple possibilities and opportunities for children’s wellbeing and learning; the OECD measures promote a ‘one-world’ view with a focus on standardised outcomes.
Aotearoa New Zealand’s well established international reputation for the quality of its early childhood curriculum, will be severely damaged with the imposition of global and culturally homogenous measures of child outcomes. We risk a narrowing of the curriculum, loss of culturally valued outcomes, and the emergence of a pedagogy of compliance.
Aotearoa New Zealand’s children will become subject to testing regimes that will further marginalise the marginalised. Overseas experience indicates that in countries with such testing regimes the children from families with high social and cultural capital are advantaged. Aotearoa New Zealand’s so-called ‘priority learners’ will be especially disadvantaged.
In Aotearoa New Zealand we already have established and more important issues to focus on. We urge therefore that Government continue the work already begun within the MOE Early Childhood Research Policy Forum designed to produce best-fit outcomes measures for early childhood education in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand. (Ministry of Education (2012) Working Paper – Strengthening the Learning: Outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand Early Childhood Education, ECE Learning Outcomes Framework. Wellington: Ministry of Education.)
MOTION 2: That members of the NZARE call on the New Zealand Government to not participate in the OECD International Early Learning and Wellbeing Study (IELS) and urge Government instead to continue the work already begun within the MOE Early Childhood Research Policy Forum, designed to produce appropriate outcome measures for early childhood education linked to the principles and strands of Te Whāriki.