JUDITH DUNCAN AWARD FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH

The Judith Duncan Award for Early Childhood Research is given to a NZARE member who has made notable contributions to the field of early childhood education and care through the conduct of high-quality research.

2019 Tara McLaughlin

Massey University

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Nominations

Due to the budgetary constraints that have arisen since the Covid19 pandemic and the cancellation of the NZARE 2020 Conference, NZARE Council have made the difficult decision to cancel all awards for 2020. Please note that we will be accepting nominations for those students who would have qualified for all 2020 student award categories to also be eligible for the 2021 round of student awards.

Nominees must be current NZARE members. Any NZARE member may make nominations by supplying details of the nominee’s academic CV (including qualifications, positions held, publications and an outline of research contributions). These should be forwarded electronically to the NZARE Executive Officer at nzare.eo@gmail.com by 1 August 2021. The following must be included:

  • Name, address /phone/email details of nominator(s) and nominee
  • Thesis title, Grade verification, and Copies ofthe examiners' reports
  • Nomination letter by supervisor(s);
  • An electronic copy of the thesis (NB. the selection panel will generally focus on the Method,
  • Discussion and Conclusion chapters in coming to a decision);
  • CV of nominee;
  • a recent colour photo of nominee;
  • Current NZARE membership can be verified by contacting nzare.eo@gmail.com

Purpose of Award

The Judith Duncan Award for Early Childhood Research is given to a NZARE member who has made notable contributions to the field of early childhood education and care through the conduct of high-quality research. A notable contribution is interpreted as conducting high quality research that promotes equitable early childhood education and care within the field including an influence on professional practice, teacher education, or early childhood policy. The award comprises a written citation and one year complimentary membership with the SIG while NZARE membership is maintained. The NZARE ECE SIG, in collaboration with the NZARE Council, retains the right to make no award in any one year. The award is intended to support high-performing early career scholars or mid-career scholars in having their work recognised and honoured at the national level.

The definition of early career or mid-career scholars, for the purposes of this award, refer to professionals who are within 7 years (early career) or within 15-20 years (mid-career) of starting an active research career. The start of an active research career might be referenced to the completion of a PhD, employment at a research-focused institution, or a self-identified point in which a focus on research began. The award is targeted to scholars who have been actively pursuing research as a core function of their professional work. The nomination letter should indicate whether the nominee self-classifies as an early career or mid-career scholar.

Award Selection Criteria

  • Nominee has made a notable research contribution (i.e., high level of scholarship, high-quality research, dissemination and impact of research)  in any of the following areas: early childhood studies, early childhood care and education professional practice, early childhood teacher education, and/or early childhood policy;
  • Nominee is a leader or emerging leader in the early childhood education and care community in Aotearoa New Zealand;
  • Nominee's work has or is likely to have significant influence or effect on early childhood education;
  • Nominee is a current member of NZARE and the ECE SIG and embodies the mission of the SIG: to build research capacity and nurture and support other researchers.